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Reduce the Risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis in Elderly Adults

By Mike Jackson

One of the more dangerous conditions that seniors may develop is deep vein thrombosis. It means that a blood clot has formed in the deep vein of the leg tissue. Seniors that struggle with deep vein thrombosis or DVT run the risk everything from sluggish circulation to possible pulmonary embolism. The good news is that there are many ways for an aging adult to reduce the risk of DVT, with the help of family members and home care assistants.


What Causes Deep Vein Thrombosis?


Veins work hard throughout the body, but they are particularly challenged in the legs. Because they are bringing blood from the farthest point from the heart and working against gravity, it’s easy for problems to arise. Usually, the key factors include enlargement or damage to the wall of the vein, sluggish circulation and an increase in blood clotting conditions.


A blood clot in the vein can hamper the body’s efforts to get the blood from the feet and legs back to the heart. This means blood can pool in the area, and slow down and slowed blood flow can lead to blood clotting. When a blood clot forms in the vein, there’s a danger of it breaking loose and travelling to the heart or the lungs. Ike most conditions, it’s best to avoid it than spend time treating it. Family members need to help their loved one adopt good habits so they don’t develop this dangerous condition deep in their legs.


Tips on Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis


If family members are worried about their elderly relative and blood clots, there’s a lot they can do when it comes to prevention. One of the most common factors that contributes to DVT is when an elderly person sits without moving around for hours at a time. A home care assistant can encourage the senior to be a little more active. If the elderly person is bedridden or in a wheelchair, the home care aide can assist them with stretches and limb movements to keep the circulation going.


Another thing that can be done to prevent deep vein thrombosis is to have the elderly person wear compression stockings. These tight-fitting garments cause pressure on the legs, tightening up the tissues and veins. This leads to better circulation and prevents the blood flow from slowing down. However, compression stockings can be tricky for even an agile person to put on. Many seniors who are on their own struggle to grasp the fine material and put the tight stockings on. A home care aide that helps an elderly person get dressed can also assist with compression stockings, making sure they are worn every day and put on properly.


There’s no doubt that deep vein thrombosis is a serious concern for seniors, especially those that are very sedentary or that are recovering from a recent surgery. By implementing good habits and taking precautions as outlined by the doctor, elderly adults can avoid the dangers that come with DVT.


Source:

https://www.webmd.com/dvt/tc/deep-vein-thrombosis-prevention

IF YOU OR AN AGING SENIOR ARE CONSIDERING HOME CARE SERVICES IN BOISE, ID, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS HOME CARE OF BOISE. CALL US: (208) 322-2668.

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