The risk of an elderly person developing a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) increases with age for many reasons. Not only can deep vein thrombosis cause plenty of pain for the elderly person, but it can lead to even more health complications, like a pulmonary embolism.
Seniors who sit around all day and don’t move around much have the highest risk of developing this condition. The good news is that elderly adults can do a lot to prevent deep vein thrombosis, especially with help from their senior care assistant.
What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis in Seniors?
Deep vein thrombosis happens when someone develops a blood clot in one of their veins deep in the body, usually the leg. The blood clot is most likely to form there because it’s where the blood thickens and clumps, due to slower circulation, varicose veins and medications. Seniors usually experience swelling in the leg, as well as tenderness or even pain. It may be reddened along the vein and the skin may feel warm.
Elderly adults are also the ones with the most risk factors for DVT, including low mobility, being bedridden, smoking, treatment for cancer or being overweight. If an otherwise healthy senior has recently had surgery and is stuck in bed for recovery, the risk increases as well. A family history of the condition is another risk factor. Family caregivers and senior care assistants should always be on the lookout for symptoms of deep vein thrombosis.
Preventing and Treating Deep Vein Thrombosis in Seniors
Of course, it’s best to avoid developing DVT in the first place. Seniors can minimize their chances by doing some exercises, especially with the lower leg. The exercises improve circulation and helps elderly adults avoid sitting still for too long. Other preventative measures include taking anticoagulants (especially after surgery), stop smoking, and wearing compression stockings.
How Elderly Care Assistants Can Help
It can be difficult for seniors on their own to do preventative tasks for DVT for themselves. Having an senior care assistant that is aware of the high risk for DVT can ensure seniors embrace good habits. The aides can encourage them to get up and move on a regular basis and help them get dressed with the compression stockings on every time and in the right places.
For seniors that are bedridden or in a wheelchair, an senior care assistant or family member can help manipulate the legs to get them moving. Remembering medication can be tricky for some elderly adults as well, so a helpful hint from the assistant can keep seniors on track. That’s why the services of an senior care assistant can make a big impact in overall health, especially with DVT.
Deep vein thrombosis has the potential to develop into a serious condition, however, with proper preventative measures, seniors don’t have to endure pain or discomfort. Family members that hire an senior care assistant can enjoy peace of mind knowing that the preventative measures are being enacted on their loved one’s behalf.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN ADDISON, TX, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE TODAY. CALL (214) 272-2188.