Whether you are just getting started caring for your aging parent, or you have been on your caregiver journey for quite some time, you have likely heard your senior’s doctor talk about hypertension. Also known as high blood pressure, this is a potentially serious health condition that is caused when the force exerted on the blood vessels by the flow of blood through them is consistently above the level that is considered normal or healthy. Blood pressure is divided into various categories. Understanding these categories and what they mean can help you to better monitor your parent’s health and well-being, and give them the care that they need to protect them as they age in place.
These categories of blood pressure ratings include:
• Normal. Healthy blood pressure numbers are below 120/80 mm Hg. This means that the pressure is at an optimal range and functioning properly.
• Prehypertension. Sometimes referred to as early stage high blood pressure, this is numbers that range from 120-139/80-89 mm Hg. This means that your parent’s blood pressure is elevated and they are at high risk of developing hypertension. Measures to lower the pressure are particularly important at this stage.
• Hypertension Stage 1. This stage is when blood pressure reaches numbers that range from 140-159/90-99 mm Hg. At this stage your parent does have hypertension and should start a course of management that will work to get it under control.
• Hypertension Stage 2. This stage is when blood pressure reaches numbers that are higher than 160/100 mm HG. This is a higher level of hypertension and will need further interventions to manage. At this stage your parent is more vulnerable to serious complications and consequences associated with hypertension.
• Hypertensive crisis. A crisis occurs when the blood pressure is above 180/110 mm HG. This is a very serious condition that requires emergency medical attention. If your parent gets this reading but is not showing symptoms such as chest pain or weakness, encourage them to sit down, relax, and wait five minutes before trying again, as it might go down to a safer level. If the pressure is still that high or they are experiencing symptoms, call 911 immediately.
If your aging parent has been diagnosed with high blood pressure, or they are at increased risk of suffering from this condition, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elderly care for them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent on the schedule that is right for them regardless of how much care they need, how often they need it, or how much care you give them regularly. This means that whether your parent’s needs are mild or complex, you can work with the elderly home care services provider to devise a course of care, management, support, and assistance that will help them to stay safe, healthy, comfortable, and happy throughout their later years. Through a highly personalized approach to their care, this care provider can help your loved one live the quality of life that they desire and deserve, remain as independent as possible, and find meaning and fulfillment in this chapter in their life. Whether your aging parent is at risk of developing high blood pressure, in pre-hypertension, or already suffering from high blood pressure, this care provider can create a course of care designed to help them manage their condition and protect their health. This can include recognizing their risks and the lifestyle choices that they make that may be dangerous to their health so that they can make better choices, live a healthier lifestyle, and remain compliant with the guidelines from their doctor.
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