Blood clots occur when many blood cells stick together in one big clump, which can block blood flow and cause potentially life-threatening health issues. Treating blood clots may require surgery, but it is possible to prevent them before surgery is necessary. Cincinnati caregivers can encourage seniors to take the following actions to prevent blood clots from forming.
Dehydration causes blood to thicken, which increases blood clot risks. Therefore, regularly drinking water can help to prevent blood clots. Staying hydrated is especially important on flights because the high altitude also causes blood to thicken quickly.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Excess fat keeps blood from moving easily in the veins, which is why obesity is a huge risk factor for blood clots. Therefore, doctors recommend that obese seniors lose weight to prevent blood clots and other health problems.
Blood clots are far more likely to happen among sedentary people, which means regular exercise can greatly reduce blood clot risks. Even though many seniors aren’t very athletic, they will benefit from slow walks around the house every now and then.
Wear the Right Clothes
Tight clothing can press on the blood vessels and skin, resulting in blood clots. Loose clothing is typically recommended to avoid blood clots. The one exception to this is compression stockings because these tight stockings help blood circulate back into the body instead of remaining in the lower extremities.
Don’t Stay Still
Since lack of movement is one of the biggest risk factors for blood clots, seniors who are bedridden or who struggle with mobility are particularly likely to get clots. Caregivers can assist them in gentle leg and foot movements that stimulate blood flow by raising and lowering the legs.
Talk to a Doctor
There are certain medications that doctors can prescribe for people who have a high risk of blood clotting. These prescription drugs help to thin the blood and reduce coagulation.
To reduce your loved one’s risk of blood clots and other health complications, contact Home Care Assistance at 513.891.2273. We provide flexible live-in and hourly senior home care in Cincinnati that promotes physical, emotional, and mental wellness. Meet with a friendly Care Manager today when you call to set up a no-obligation consultation.