February is American Heart Month. This is an important month because Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States.
While High blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors, several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can put you at higher risk for heart disease including diabetes, obesity, an unhealthy diet, and a sedentary lifestyle.
24 for Life, a Midland Care pre-diabetes prevention program that can help address some of these lifestyle choices. The goal of the program is to change habits over time through group support and education. Participants learn how to eat well, incorporate physical activities and may even lose weight over time.
If you already have Heart Disease and you’re struggling, Midland Care can offer programs of support to help you. Programs include:
- Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly: A program designed to keep people in their homes for as long as possible. With PACE, a team of health care professionals work with you and your caregivers to ensure you receive the care you need, including medication and management, transportation to medical appointments and medical equipment.
- Palliative Care: Palliative Care is for those who have progressed in their disease process and have a projected lifespan of 2 years or less but want to continue to receive curative treatment. Our Palliative Care team includes a physician, an RN, and social workers who provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care teams are trained to manage symptoms, side effects and identify stresses. Palliative care does require a physician referral.
- Hospice: Hospice is for those who have 6 months or less to live. The goal of Hospice is to focus on your quality of life at the end of life. This means more care, not less. Hospice cares for the patient by addressing physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and financial pains. Additionally, Hospice can educate and support caregivers to care for their loved ones during this time and provide caregiver support and resources.
If you’d like more information on any of the Midland Care programs listed above, please call 785-232-2044 or visit www.midlandcare.org. The sooner you call, the sooner we can help.
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