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Care for the Heart

Since heart disease is our nationís number one killer, it is important to understand the risks and symptoms of heart disease and be aware of ways to improve heart health.

Norwood Seniors Network is experienced in caring for someone with heart disease, as well as someone recovering from heart surgery or a stroke. Contact Norwood Seniors Network for more information and discover our customized options for varying elder care needs in Cook County.

Cardiovascular Disease 101
This overview is provided by the Mayo Clinic to help people understand the basics of cardiovascular disease and the conditions that can affect heart and blood vessels.

Heart Information Sheets
The American Heart Association offers a number of downloadable information sheets to answer any heart-related questions (also available in Spanish).

Assess Your Cholesterol with this Personal Online Survey
This online cholesterol health assessment reveals risk for heart disease, as well as information, tips and strategies for improving cholesterol levels.

Cholesterol tracker

High Blood Pressure Health Risk Calculator
Calculate your health risks from high blood pressure and learn how a few simple changes can lower your risk.

Exercise and Activity after Heart Surgery
UW Health provides valuable information on how to ease into an exercise routine after heart surgery as well as what not to do.

Recognizing Warning Signs That Care is Needed

Sometimes an extended visit over the holidays, or more frequent visits in the winter months, reveals suspicions that a little caregiving assistance in the home is necessary for frail, older loved ones. However, a senior fearing a loss of independence may also try to disguise care needs, so it is important to know the signs to watch out for. Norwood Seniors Network understands these fears and knows how to gently introduce and transition seniors to in-home care in the Chicagoland area.

Contact Norwood Seniors Network to learn if your clients or loved ones could be a good fit for our specialized in-home care services. You may also like to review the resources below for tips on recognizing warning signs while also spending quality time with frail loved ones over the holidays.

Safety and Wellbeing Checklist for Occasional Visits
This site provides a simple yet thorough list of things to watch for when visiting elderly relatives. The answers will help determine whether additional care assistance at home might be needed.

Survey to Determine Changes in a Seniorís Abilities
Use the questions on this site as a guide to determine if there have been any significant changes in an elderly personís abilities and environment since your last visit.

Enjoying the Holidays with Frail Seniors
This article includes tips to prepare a home for a holiday visit with an elderly person, how to plan special elderly comforts and simple holiday crafts that can be fun for all ages.

Thoughtful Gifts for Seniors with Care Needs
The best gifts often involve spending time with loved ones. This site offers some excellent gift ideas for a senior that could use some help and extra attention at home.

Tips to Introduce Additional Care Assistance
If it is determined that additional care at home is required, sometimes it is difficult to introduce the concept of additional care. Transitioning to a different care situation requires understanding, patience and encouragement. The Mayo Clinic offers tips to encourage cooperation.

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