The people of Alabama do not like being ranked number two in the country. But there is something much worse than being ranked 2nd in college football. Alabama has the 2nd highest death rate from cardiovascular disease in the country according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
February is national American Heart Month and Alacare Home Health & Hospice is using this month to educate healthcare professionals and local communities about the Alacare HEARTcare disease management program. Developed to help Alacare patients and family caregivers better identify heart-related symptoms – before a more serious problem occurs – HEARTcare can also mean fewer unplanned visits to the hospital, along with an improvement in their quality of life.
The program focuses on educating both the patient and the family caregiver. Alacare nurses teach their patients how to take a more proactive role in their health, instructing them on identifying symptoms using a red zone, yellow zone and green zone approach to better understand what symptoms mean and then knowing what to do. In addition, goal setting and monitoring of food, medication, and activity are stressed.
“Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Alabama accounting for 25% of all deaths in the state. With proper education, lifestyle changes, monitoring and goal setting – all of which are components of the Alacare HEARTcare program – we are hoping to lower that number. For our patients, this can mean fewer hospitalizations and a greater quality of life,“ said Alacare Chief Clinical Officer Steven Waits, RN, BSN.
When needed, HEARTcare patients can take advantage of state-of-the-art monitoring technology, including SMARTcare® for 24/7 access to trained professionals using a personal two way communication device. And Alacare’s Medtronics® provides daily remote monitoring of vital signs such as blood pressure and weight to not only provide Alacare key information to keep their patients well, but also helps patients understand the importance of adhering to their personal care plan.
The Alacare HEARTcare program can be beneficial to patients with heart-related diseases such as chronic heart failure, myocardial infarction, ischemic heart disease, afib and other heart conditions.
For more information, contact Richard Nieves, VP Communication, via email here or 205-910-5393.