If you or a loved one is living with a cardiac condition or recovering from a cardiac procedure, you may need help getting back on your feet. Fortunately, you can receive this care in the home rather than a hospital or rehabilitation center. Not only is at-home cardiac care delivered in the comfort and privacy of your home, but also it’s more personalized and patient-centered, with a goal of improved quality and patient experience outcomes.
Let’s learn more about in-home cardiac rehabilitation and the benefits you can expect.
How Does Cardiac Care in the Home Work?
Cardiac care is designed for people who have a cardiac condition, such as hypertension, heart failure, angina pectoris or ischemic heart disease. It is also intended for people who are recovering from a cardiac procedure like an angioplasty and stent placement. The care is focused on the heart and how to get people back to doing the things they love.
In-home cardiac care is highly personalized to each individual’s needs. Some people are able to fully recover after their heart procedure, while others recover according to their treatment plan. Individuals and families are reassured knowing that their loved one is in good hands during this transition.
Some of the things covered in a cardiac care program are:
- Education regarding lifestyle changes
- Early identification of new symptoms
- Medications to manage symptoms
- Proper nutrition, diet and exercise
- Disease management tips
- Self-care techniques
Additionally, skilled nurses collect health vitals, including blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen level and weight.
What are the Benefits of an At-Home Cardiac Care Program?
The obvious benefit to having in-home health care is that you or your loved one are able to stay in the comfort of home and enjoy familiar surroundings and your favorite things. Cardiac rehabilitation in the home may also lead to:
- Fewer hospital visits
- Improved quality of life
- Better health outcomes
- Greater education for the patient and family
- Improved coordination with healthcare providers
- Assistance with identifying community services
Cardiac conditions are often serious and require personalized treatment plans. The good news is that it’s never too late to care for the heart. Making healthy lifestyle changes, taking medication and practicing good self-care are ways to improve quality of life. To learn more about our cardiac rehabilitation program, contact VNA Health Group.