Module F: Self Care & Adherence Strategies

CE Credits: 2.0


Lifestyle changes can have a positive effect on HF patients, and this module details best practices for eating and exercising. It starts by looking at the importance of a low-sodium diet, and offering tips on how to lower one’s daily salt intake; it then explains creative ways to get exercise, from daily walking to waltzing. Next, it looks at the effects that smoking and alcohol can have on HF patients, and how CMs can best advise patients on cutting back or quitting altogether. Then, using a case study as an illustration, the module examines how telemedicine—monitoring patients’ symptoms remotely—can help patients be more proactive about their care, without replacing their primary care doctors.

Learning objectives: After completing this module the case manager will be able to:
» Discuss the importance of lifestyle and symptom management
» Describe and educate patients and family members on elements of a heart-healthy diet
» Discuss weight control and obesity management
» Review the addition of exercise into daily activities
» Identify strategies for smoking cessation and alcohol restriction
» Describe the use of telemonitoring and interactive e-health

Advance your professional practice:: As case managers, one of our biggest opportunities with HF patients is to help them establish healthy lifestyle habits once they are out of the hospital. By having concrete tips on diet, exercise and smoking cessation, we can help patients make changes in habits that can slow the progression of the disease and make them feel better in general.


Improve organizational performance: One of the best ways a transdisciplinary team can help HF patients avoid repeated and costly hospitalizations is by supporting their adoption of diet, exercise and lifestyle habits that will maximize the effects of their medication and other HF treatments. When our whole team understands the facts about those lifestyle recommendations, we can deliver a consistent message and boost patients’ chances of success in adopting those changes.