We Offer to Take Vital Signs
One of the most important aspects of in-home care is the safety of your loved one. Tender Hearts Home Caregivers are trained to check basic vital signs as necessary. Vital Signs measure the human bodies normal functions to help assess overall health and ensure safety. There are four main vital signs, and those include temperature, blood pressure, pulse (heart rate) and breathing rate.
Normal and healthy body temperatures range between 97.8 to 99.1 degrees Fahrenheit. Body temperature can signal illness or infection, but it is also influenced by other factors such as a hot or cold environment, drinking hot or cold beverages, thyroid imbalances, stress, dehydration and exercise. Older adults do not control body temperature as well as younger adults. Sometimes they can be ill without even having signs of a fever.
Blood Pressure measures the amount of force that a person’s blood places against the walls of their arteries. A healthy adult reading is less then 120/80 mm Hg. High blood pressure is considered to be a reading of 140/90 mm Hg or higher. Blood pressure that remains high for a long period of time places a person at a greater risk for heart failure and stroke.
The human body’s pulse is considered to be the number of times your heart beats per minute. Pulse rates are highly variable from person to person but a normal pulse rate is considered 60-80 beats per minute while the person is at rest. A pulse is measured by gently but firmly pressing the first and second fingertips on places like the wrist or neck. Pulse can be measured at the bend of the arms, behind the knees and on top of the feet as well, but it is considered less common to check pulse from these areas. A much faster than average pulse can indicate serious health problems, just as a much slower than usual pulse can indicate health concerns.
A respiratory rate is simply the number of breaths a person takes per minute. A normal rate of respiration for a healthy adult at rest is between 12 and 20 breaths per minute. If your loved one is breathing significantly faster or slower than this average range than their respiratory rate is considered to be abnormal, and could indicate a health problem. Certain conditions can change respiratory rate such as, asthma, pneumonia, lung disease or drug overdose.
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Our company was started by a caring nursing team who wanted to help people stay at home after surgery or major illness. Over the years, doctors' referrals and word of mouth have led us to hire and train a wide range of healthcare professionals to meet our patients needs.
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