Blood clots are a serious health issue that many people misunderstand, which can cause major risks to a senior’s health and well-being. In your role as a family caregiver it is vital for you to understand this risk and how it could impact your aging parent, as well as yourself, while you are caring for them. Knowing the risks can help you to make meaningful modifications to your daily activities and care routine to reduce the risk of these dangerous medical events.
Some things you should know about blood clots include:
- Experts note that less than 25 percent of the population can accurately describe the warning signs of blood clots or recognize the dangers associated with these clots
- More than 270 people die each day in the United States from blood clots
- This number accounts for up to 300,000 deaths each year
- Deaths from blood clots account for more loss of life than AIDS, car crashes, and breast cancer combined
- Between 1 and 3 out of every thousand people in this country experience a blood clot each year
- There are more than 900,000 cases of blood clots each year
- 40 percent of non-fatal blood clots are located in the lungs
- 60 percent of non-fatal blood clots are in the legs
- 70 percent of blood clots are known as provoked blood clots, or those that are directly associated with risk factors
- After anticoagulation therapy, there is approximately 2 percent risk of recurrence after a provoked blood clot
As a family caregiver it is easy to become so wrapped up in taking care of your aging loved one and managing their needs you forget to take care of yourself. It is normal to want the best for your senior and this shows your love for them, but ignoring your own needs can leave you struggling with stress, exhaustion, and even burnout. Bringing home care into your routine can help you achieve your goal of giving your senior the care they need while also protecting you. An in-home senior care services provider can step in to fill care gaps, be with your parent more frequently than you are able to be, and support their independence. This can help to make the most of their later years while also giving you the time and flexibility you need to maintain your health and quality of life as well.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering caregivers, please call the caring professionals at Medvale Home Care today. Serving you in: Union, Essex, Middlesex, Hudson, Bergen and Morris. Call today: (908) 688-1025