With all of the evident changes that we have designated taking place in our bodies, it is interesting to think how the changes will affect our vital signs. As the NIH website stipulates: Vital signs include body temperature, heart rate (pulse), breathing rate, and blood pressure. As you age, your vital signs may or may not change. This depends on how healthy you are. Some medical problems can cause changes in one or more vital signs.
As a caregiver, this should not be too surprising as changes do not occur in other parts of the body for some of our clients while others are ridden with change. In order to ensure that you are displaying the fact that With Age Comes Respect, you should learn how to check the particular vital signs that may be showing change with age so that you can help communicate those changes with your client’s health care provider.
While this may seem sensible enough, it may be more difficult for some if they have not practical medical training. I, for one, would not be great at taking my client’s pulse by hand, so I have purchased a meter that easily records this information for me; it also records blood pressure.
If you are uncertain how to record this type of data, there are training courses (for a minimal fee) that can help you learn. The more you know, the better caregiver you will become!