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Elder Bruising and Prevention

As we get older, our bodies become more sensitive to bruising and other marks.

Family portrait - middle age daughter and an organized senior mother living in New York City.Elderly New York City senior’s bodies can go through natural changes that make their skin weaker and more susceptible to wear and tear. Additionally, a lack of moisture can lead to dry, sensitive, scaly, and wrinkling skin.

While this happens to the skin, blood vessels and skin elasticity are also affected. At Alvita Home Care we want to help your loved one prevent bruising and other issues relating to skin weakness. Please give us a call today at 212-273-0490 to see how our highly-trained caregivers can help your loved one.

Bruising happens as a result of specific conditions, diseases, and/or medications in an elderly individual’s life. Most often, bruising happens when there is trauma or damage to the bodies blood vessels underneath the skin. Elderly individuals are more prone to bruising as a result of skin weakness as we discussed earlier.

While many elderly individuals lack depth perception and are at risk for a fall, this is when bruising is most likely to occur. Additionally, while it may take the average individual a hard bump or fall to have bruise form, this is not always the case in elderly individuals and a slight impact can cause bruising. One of the more common reactions from an IV at a doctor’s visit is bruising on your loved one.

Alvita Care wants to help give you tips and tricks to prevent bruising on your loved one. We are open 24 hours, 7 days a week to answer and questions or concerns you may have.

In medical terms a bruise is labelled as a contusion.

Ecchymosis occurs when the skin shows visible discoloration and this typically happens when blood vessels are ruptured near the skins surface. Larger more swollen and hard bruises can be classified as a hematoma. Alvita Care recommends you call your local doctor or primary care physician in the event of a hematoma. Additionally, we have some tips and tricks to help prevent bruising on your elderly New York City loved one.

Some suggestions that may come in handy would include removing furniture or anything that may be a tripping or a falling hazard from your loved one’s home. Having a clear walking path is extremely important to help avoid a fall and bruising associated with it. At Alvita Care our in-home personal caregivers can assist your loved one with sitting and standing, as well as any transferring that your loved one may need.

Additionally, the use of a cane or walker may be of assistance to your loved one if they feel they are at risk for a fall and installing handrails can be a huge help. We suggest speaking with your doctor to see if this option is right for you. Finally, Alvita Care discourages any and all signs of elder abuse. If you believe your loved one may be experiencing this situation, please give us a call right away at 212-273-0490 for additional help.

It is important to know how to treat bruises in the event that your elderly New York City love one does have a bruise on their body. While medical treatment is not always necessary, bruising can take a few weeks to heal especially with elderly individuals.

  1. Bruising usually begins as a red mark which can turn bluish-black and/ or purple as an individual’s blood cells become damaged.
  2. When a bruise is just about to heal it typically turns a greenish yellow color in the final stage of healing.

In order to aid the healing process we suggest using a frozen compress on any bruises to help reduce swelling, and elevating the area that is bruised. This will help reduce the bruise size and slow the blood flow to the damaged tissue in that area. After applying a cold compress, a warm compress can increase circulation and reduces pressure on the area that is afflicted.

Finally, if your loved one shows signs of frequent bruising we at Alvita Care recommend that you consult your doctor or local physician. On occasion this can be signs of leukemia, vein thrombosis, and other diseases unaffiliated with typical bruising causes. While there are many medications that can contribute to bruising in elderly loved ones, we encourage you to speak with your doctor to learn the symptoms and side effects common with your loved one’s medicines.

Lastly, Alvita Care encourages all loved ones and caregivers to be aware of signs and symptoms of elder abuse. For more information regarding elder abuse we encourage you to contact the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) for more information.

At Alvita Care we are available 24/7 to help you with any questions or concerns you may have related to elderly bruising and prevention. Feel free to give us a call at 212-273-0490 or contact us by form.

Works Cited:
http://www.aplaceformom.com/senior-care-resources/articles/elderly-bruising

About AlvitaCare

Alvita Care is a fully licensed home healthcare company providing premier in home caregiver services to seniors living in New York City and on Long Island NY. With offices in Midtown Manhattan and Hauppauge NY, Alvita Care was founded in 2008 upon the idea of "Care Without Compromise". Our care-giving services enhance seniors' lives, by improving their well-being, dignity and independence. We have earned The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval and pride ourselves with our proprietary caregiver matching process that carefully matches our experience caregivers to each client based on personality and technical skills needed. Alvita Care can help whether you need assistance for several hours a few times a week or you require live-in or around-the-clock assistance. Our caregivers provide assurance and relief to families by relieving their anxiety, knowing that their loved one is safe, happy and lovingly cared for.