Why Pathwell?

PathWell Home Health Heart Failure Goals of Care

  • Patient will maintain optimal cardiac function as evidenced by clear lung sounds, no shortness of breath, and absence of, or reduced, edema
  • Vital signs will be within normal limits for the patient
  • Increased activity tolerance related to cardiovascular status
  • Reduce rate of hospitalization

The Heart Failure Patient and Caregiver Will be Instructed on the Following:

  • Daily weights (when to weigh, reason for weights, recording weights, and when to notify MD / RN)
  • Notify MD of weight changes based on individual MD recommendations
  • Lower extremity elevation
  • Activity pacing
  • Use of TED hose (if ordered)
  • Measures to promote circulation
  • Medication management and adherence
  • Fluid restriction (if ordered)
  • Diet management
  • Healthy coping strategies
  • Smoking cessation

Key Assessment Points for Heart Failure Patients:

  • Weight (obtain from patient’s daily weight chart)
  • Orthostatic blood pressure
  • Edema
  • Lung and heart sounds
  • Pulse oximetry
  • Medication adherence
  • Adherence with diet and / or fluid restrictions