While it’s no secret that health conditions are often inter-connected, a recent study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham has shown that an irregular heartbeat, known as Atrial Fibrilation, may be related to earlier memory loss than in individuals without the condition.
The first phase of the study has concluded only an association between atrial fibrillation and memory loss, rather than a direct cause and effect relationship. However, researchers have some ideas as to a potential cause. One idea is that atrial fibrillation causes small blood clots that become lodged in the brain, causing miniature strokes that are too small to notice but over time attribute to mental decline. Another theory is that due to the irregular heartbeat, people with atrial fibrillation are getting less blood and oxygen to the brain, causing decreased mental function over time.
Researchers are continuing to look into the relationship between atrial fibrillation and memory loss, including forms of dementia, and the best courses of treatment. However, for the time being, these findings are a stark reminder of the importance of an informed care team for older Americans while monitoring conditions.
How a Homecare Software or Homecare System Can Help
Many seniors suffering from memory loss or other conditions impairing their ability to care for themselves are aging in place with the help of an in-home care provider. While the care itself is important, communicating information from caregivers in the field to family members and other care team members can be of equal necessity.
ClearCare Online’s homecare software and homecare system helps open a unique, reliable and robust communication channel between all members of a senior’s care team. For example, with caregiver to caregiver messaging within the homecare system, an outgoing provider can leave a message for the next shift via telephony on important condition changes or items to monitor. The same information can be left from the caregiver via the homecare software and homecare system for agency administrators, family members and physicians or care managers to view via the homecare software’s Family Room viewing portal.
Additional information on a client’s condition can be made available to caregiver’s logging into their portal of a homecare system, like ClearCare Online, via quick access to a client’s assessment and any important notes about a particular shift.
Secure information sharing features, like those found on ClearCare Online’s homecare software can play a vital role in keeping seniors who suffer from memory loss, or a heart condition, healthy. By providing real-time updates to all members of a care team, sudden changes in condition or long term subtle changes can be easily logged and shared, allowing everyone providing care to a particular senior to see a reliable record of their daily activities and condition. Well kept records in a homecare software, such as ClearCare, may lead to a change in care, routines or medications over time and have a long term positive effect on a senior’s wellbeing – something that is always a plus!