Seniors and bruising: how to prevent it | Senior Care Story

5 tips for preventing seniors from bruising

The skin of an older person is more fragile, thinner, drier and a lot less elastic. Wounds don’t heal as fast as we age because the blood vessels beneath our skin’s surface become fragile.

Other causes for bruising in seniors include:

  • Medication
  • Health conditions
  • Diseases

5 tips for preventing seniors from bruising

You won’t be able to completely prevent seniors from bruising, but here are 5 things you can do:

  1. Be on the lookout for signs of abuse.

It is a sad state of affairs, but some nursing homes and assisted living facilities do have some record of former staff abusing residents. There have also been some cases of domestic abuse, however these are reported even less than incidences in assisted living facilities.

  1. Handrails can be installed in places like bathrooms and toilets for extra support.

Handrails are a great option for places like the bath, toilet, shower and any other place where it might be helpful. Providing that added bit of support helps them feel more confident and comfortable moving around.

  1. If your loved one is likely to fall help them with sitting and standing.

This is a simple one. If your loved needs a hand to sit down or get up from a chair, couch or bed: help them. Or, if necessary, hire a caregiver who can help them.

  1. Ensure there is a clear path, remove obstacles and furniture to reduce their chances of bumping into things or falling.

This is usually no problem at a nursing home or assisted living facility, but if an elderly person has decided to age in place, then it’s important to make sure the corridors between rooms are clear, and that no objects stick out anywhere where they might trip over or bump in to.

  1. If your loved one is unsteady on their feet, discuss a cane or walker with their doctor.

You might be asking, why not discuss it with your loved one? Well, sometimes this sort of information is better from a medical professional. And if a medical professional prescribes the need for a walking stick, then one can be acquired which will better suit your loved one and their medical needs.

Preventing seniors from bruising

For reasons of age, seniors will bruise more easily. However, there are things you can do to help them minimize the risks of becoming injured. From simple things like helping them up, or helping them into a seat, to having handrails installed and clearing corridors and entrances to rooms of any potential obstacles; preventing bruising isn’t a big effort.

If you are unsure about your loved one and their health, talk with them about it and talk with their doctor. It is possible you’ll get two different stories which will help you make your loved one’s life a little easier. And possibly reduce their risk of serious injury.


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