As a family caregiver, you have likely heard about blood clots and the danger that they can pose to your elderly parent, including permanent damage and even death if not detected and managed quickly and properly. This might make you change the way that you do road trips, encourage them to get up and move more during the day and alter the type of clothing that they wear. If they are going to be undergoing hip replacement surgery soon, it is important to note that this is a time when they are at risk for blood clots as well. Decisions that both of you make from the time that they go in for surgery, will help to protect them from blood clots and the potentially catastrophic consequences of them.
Use these tips to help prevent blood clots when your parent undergoes hip replacement surgery:
• Consider compression.
Talk to your elderly loved-one’s doctor about them wearing compression stockings during the surgery. Many doctors have devices that they put on patients during surgery that provide consistent pressure that help to prevent these clots, but if they do not use these or if they believe that it would provide additional benefits, they might agree to your loved-one wearing such stockings. Your parent may continue to wear these throughout recovery to compensate for less mobility.
• Get them up and active.
Moving around is key to preventing blood clots. While your parent will not be able to move a lot during their early recovery, it is important to get them up and moving as quickly as possible after their surgery. This will start with sitting up and possibly moving their legs and then progress to walking with crutches and other devices.
• Remain compliant with treatments.
Your parent might receive a prescription for blood thinning medications that will help to further prevent blood clots. Ensure that your parent understands these medications and how they are meant to take them, and then provide the support and reminders to help them remain compliant throughout their recovery.
If your aging parent has been struggling with challenges or limitations or has recently undergone a major medical treatment such as a hip replacement surgery, starting senior care for them can be an exceptional boost to their life. A senior home care services provider can be with your elderly loved-one on a customized schedule to ensure that they get the care, support, and assistance that they need while allowing you to remain at the forefront of their care. If they are dealing with a particularly challenging issue, a care provider can help your loved-one to understand what is expected of them, offer reminders to remain compliant with their medications and treatments, support good lifestyle decisions, and offer companionship and encouragement to help them cope with the issues that they are facing. As a family caregiver, this can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing that your loved-one is in good hands both when you are able to be with them and when you are not.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering elder care in Westport, CT, please contact the caring staff at Sovereign Home Health today.
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