More than 70 million people throughout the United States are currently living with high cholesterol. More than half of these people do not seek treatment for their condition and only 30 percent of those dealing with this condition actually have it under control. If you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is living with high cholesterol, it is important that you understand that this is not just about the cholesterol itself. Instead, managing this condition should be a priority for you because of the potential risks that it holds.
Cholesterol is naturally occurring in the body, but when there is too much of the “bad” form, known as LDL, it can build up in the arteries and block them, making it challenging or even impossible for the blood to flow through efficiently. This puts your aging parent at risk of a variety of serious health complications and challenges, including:
• Coronary heart disease
• Heart attack
These risks are particularly high if your aging parent is also living with other risk factors including high blood pressure or diabetes, or makes lifestyle choices that threaten their health, such as smoking. Talk to your parent’s doctor about the particular risks that they face due to their high cholesterol and what you can do to help them manage this condition in a way that reduces these risks and protects their health in the best way possible.
Starting elder care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make for your aging parent throughout the course of your caregiver journey with them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your parent on a fully customized schedule to ensure that they get all of the care, assistance, and support that they need to handle their individual needs, challenges, and limitations. This helps your parent to live a life that is happy, healthy, safe, and comfortable, and to pursue as much independence, activity, and fulfillment as possible as they age in place. When it comes to dealing with health challenges, this care provider can help your parent to understand the guidance and instructions that their doctor gives to them, and support good lifestyle choices. This includes giving them valuable reminders to keep them compliant with their prescriptions and instructions so that they can manage their condition in the way that is best for them and that will give them the most benefit.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering elder care in Cherry Hill, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.
Kelly C. McCabe is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.She and her business partner,Patti Maltese founded TLC HomeCare Services in March of 2009.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and is also a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.