Each year throughout the United States more than 900,000 people are affected by deep vein thrombosis. This is approximately 1 to 2 out of every 1000 people in the country. In many of these instances, the sufferer has recently undergone a medical procedure that requires them to remain in bed or resting in order to heal. While resting is essential to recovery, it also puts your parent at increased risk of suffering a blood clot that could prove damaging to your parent’s health or even risk their life. Fortunately there are steps that you can take to reduce this risk and protect your parent from the potentially devastating consequences of DVT.
If your senior parent is preparing to undergo surgery, use these tips to help prevent DVT during their recovery:
- Talk about the risk with your parent’s doctor, making them aware of any particular risk factors that your senior may have, including family history or personal history of clots. This allows the doctor to take precautions as well as to give you recommendations for how to support your parent and help them after recovery
- If your parent is prescribed medications to help with their DVT risk, ensure that they take them as they are meant to
- If your parent smokes, encourage them to stop. This will instantly reduce their risk
- Talk to their doctor about having your parent wear compression stockings during their recovery, particularly during times when they will not be able to get up and move
- Find out when your parent can move around and how much they can so that you can encourage them to get up as soon as possible. The more they move, the lower their risk
- Consider having a home care provider with them throughout their recovery to provide medication reminders, encourage them to move, and to help them with tasks that can support their recovery
Being a family caregiver for your aging parent can be one of the most meaningful choices that you make, but it can also be one of the most challenging. You are likely to find yourself feeling stressed and overwhelmed throughout your experience. This can be particularly true if you are in the sandwich generation caring for both your parent and you children, or if your parent struggles with health challenges or limitations. Fortunately, home care can help. A home care provider can step in to fill care gaps, manage care needs that are sensitive or too challenging for you, provide valuable support and assistance, and ensure that your parent has everything that they need when you are not able to be with them. This will give both of you peace of mind and confidence as they see greater independence, fulfillment, and quality of life throughout their later years.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN BUCKEYE, AZ, CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY (623) 748-3301.