Higher Acuity – Managing Heart Failure

According to the CDC, 34% of residents in assisted living suffer from heart disease.  Heart failure is one of the conditions for which hospitals are facing penalties from CMS for excessive readmissions.  As an assisted living provider it is important to understand the condition and key steps in managing it.

The American Heart Association defines heart failure as a condition in which the heart can’t keep up with its workload.  It is a chronic, progressive condition in which the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the demands of the body.  Proper treatment involves a combination of lifestyle changes, medications, and ongoing care.  Below are resources to learn more about heart failure and how to manage it in your residents:

Understanding the disease

Prevention and treatment

CHF Care Path from INTERACT

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