The Absolute Congestive Heart Failure program is designed to increase the patient's knowledge regarding heart failure, thus improving their quality of life and reducing re-hospitalizations. A Registered Nurse will visit the patient at home, assess their cardiac status and a teaching program will be instituted which includes:
- Explanation of congestive heart failure
- Causes of heart failure
- Signs and symptoms associated with heart failure
The Registered Nurse will instruct the importance of recording weight and recognizing early symptoms, healthy food choices Including limitation of sodium and fluids, and tips regarding medication management. The RN will report the patient's condition to the patient's doctor and together, they will formulate a plan of care for their patient. Referrals for physical and occupational therapy may be needed. If the patient needs counseling or long term planning, a Social Worker may be referred.