Your dad never bruised. In the past two weeks, you've noticed several bruises on his hands or arms. What's causing his bruises? Could it be a serious issue or simply him bumping into things?
What Causes a Bruise?
Often, bruises are caused by a hit or blow that causes the tiny blood vessels that sit near the surface of the skin to rupture. The blood that leaks from the ruptured blood vessels leads to the red/purple mark just under the skin's surface. Something as simple as hitting the corner of an entertainment center when walking past can lead to a bruise.
Elderly men and women have thinner skin. The fatty layer under the skin diminishes. Collagen stores deplete. The blood vessels don't have the cushion over them that they used to. That makes bruises more likely with even a small bump or hit or a minor fall.
Another issue can be the use of prescription medications. If your dad takes aspirin to relieve arthritis pain, it thins the blood. Blood thinners are another reason the blood may not coagulate as fast. Because the blood doesn't clot as quickly, a minor bruise may be larger and look concerning.
If your dad is constantly getting large bruises, it's important to talk to his doctor. He could have a problem with clotting or a disease that causes easy bruising. He may also be dealing with malnutrition. If there is a problem, it's best to address it and figure out cures.
Brightening the lights in your dad's home may be all that's needed to stop him from falling. Taking medications at night before bed instead of in the morning may help. An eye exam can help rule out vision problems.
Is Your Dad a Fall Risk?
If your dad is frequently getting bruises because he has a hard time keeping his balance when he gets out of bed or stands up, it's time to look at having someone to help him with ambulation. If he's falling after taking medications that cause dizziness, it's another good reason to hire caregivers.
Once you have a better idea of the reasons for your dad's bruises, it's time to look at the ways to help him. If he's getting bruises because he's not eating properly, home care services like food preparation and grocery shopping assistance will help.
If he fell getting out of the shower, it's important to have a home care aide nearby to help him after showering. Make a call to learn more about these and other home care services.
If you or an aging loved one are considering non-medical in-home care in Scarsdale and Yonkers, NY, call Griswold Home Care
and speak to one of our caring staff members today. Call (914) 768-9065