There Is Never an Excuse to ignore High Blood PressureThere Is Never an Excuse to ignore High Blood Pressure


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There Is Never an Excuse to ignore High Blood Pressure

I used to thinkt that people in good health just had "healthy genes" and that daily habits didn't affect health very much. Due to that belief, when my doctor diagnosed me with high blood pressure and prescribed a medication to treat it, I didn't take it at first. I soon got a health "wake up call" when I began experiencing chest pains. My wife took me to the ER and, thankfully, they determined I wasn't having a heart attack, like I thought I was. The next day, I began taking my medication and living a healthier lifestyle. Soon, I was able to stop the medication due to my lifestyle changes, but I still monitor my blood pressure at home just to "stay on the safe side." I wanted to share my story to help others and plan to post many more health tips on my new blog.

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Considering a Nursing Home for Your Parent? Find Assisted Options for Their Care

If your parent can't be left alone but doesn't need to have someone caring for them around the clock, you may want to look into assisted-living facilities that offer independent senior living options. This means your parent will get an apartment or condo-style room or a room that is in an independent area at the facility but will have help when they need it. While you look at facilities, consider these things.

Safety Concerns

There are a lot of safety concerns that you will want to look into before putting your parent anywhere to stay for a long period of time. You'll want to look into the following:

  • Court records for cases against the living center
  • Health-code violations that have occurred recently
  • Staff testing and qualifications for emergency medical and disaster care

Looking into this information will help you figure out if a facility has had a lot of issues with keeping the building clean and safe or if has had legal problems with the staff and previous residents.

Transportation Options

Is there a transportation service available through the facility if your parent wants to go shopping once a week or needs to go to a doctor's appointment? If the facility doesn't have any type of transportation options, you will be forced to drive your parent around when you have free time, and your parent is going to be limited in their activities.

Financial Requirements

Make sure to get a breakdown of what is included in your parents stay with the facility. You want to know what insurance is going to cover before you commit to your parent staying at the location, and you need to know what things might cost you out of pocket if your parent needs special care. Once you know what the cost and potential inflation could be, you'll want to look at your parent's insurance coverage, savings, and other financial information to see if they can afford the stay.

When your parent can't be trusted or may be a danger to themselves, it's time to get them to a location where they can be monitored and checked on. If you can't do this as often as you want, find a facility that is safe and affordable for your parent to stay in, and then go from there with getting the application filled out and getting your parent moved in. The sooner they are settled, the sooner you can stop worrying. 

Find out more here or search through various sites to get an idea of what kind of living center might be right for your parent.