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What is Postural Hypotension?

Sam, a family caregiver to his 84-year-old father Adam, got a call at work one day. Adam had been sitting comfortably at his dining room table enjoying a cup of coffee and a long chat with a friend. When it was time for the friend to leave, Adam stood up to walk him to the door. As he stood, Adam became dizzy and fell, striking his head against the table, sending him to the hospital for stitches. Fortunately, the injury was minor. It could have been much worse, resulting in a broken bone or other serious injury. The emergency room doctor asked Adam if he’d fallen before. He hadn’t, but it wasn’t the first time he’d felt dizzy when getting up. The doctor diagnosed him with postural hypotension and warned that it could result in another fall.

Elderly Care in Modesto CA: What is Postural Hypotension?

Elderly Care in Modesto CA: What is Postural Hypotension?

About Postural Hypotension.

Postural hypotension, also called orthostatic hypertension, causes blood pressure to fall sharply when the older adult gets up from a seated position or from lying down. The dip in blood pressure means that not as much blood reaches organs and muscles, which can result in dizziness and a fall.

Sometimes postural hypotension is temporary, caused by dehydration or lying in bed too long. However, if it occurs frequently, it could mean a bigger problem. It’s important to tell the doctor if your aging relative is experiencing symptoms of the condition so that an underlying condition can be treated.

Symptoms of Postural Hypotension.

Usually, postural hypotension causes a feeling of dizziness or lightheadedness upon standing. Symptoms typically last just a few moments. Other symptoms include:

  • Fainting.
  • Blurry vision.
  • Feeling weak.
  • Confusion.
  • Nausea.
  • Headaches.

 

How Elderly Care Can Help Manage the Condition.

In severe cases, a doctor may prescribe medication to manage postural hypotension. If that’s the case, an elderly care provider can remind your aging relative when it’s time to take the medicine. Some other ways elderly care can help prevent episodes are:

  • Encouraging the senior to drink plenty of liquids throughout the day to prevent dehydration, which can cause blood pressure to drop.
  • Increasing the amount of salt the older adult eats, but only after a doctor approves an increase in sodium.
  • Allowing the older adult to rest when the weather is hot.
  • Assisting the senior with putting on compression stockings, which can improve circulation.

 

In addition to helping manage the condition, elderly care can also keep the senior safe when they get up from a chair or bed. An elderly care provider can remind them to sit on the edge of the bed for a moment before they stand. And, when the person stands up, an elderly care provider can hold their arm in case they get dizzy.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Modesto, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.

 

Sources

https://www.cdc.gov/steadi/pdf/STEADI-Brochure-Postural-Hypotension-508.pdf

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/orthostatic-hypotension/symptoms-causes/syc-20352548

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318158.php

 

Robin Conley RN, Owner and CEO

RN, Owner and CEO at Provident Care - Modesto, CA
When my grandmother’s health began to deteriorate... My greatest fear was that something would happen to her when I couldn’t be there. She had become unsteady on her feet, forgot to take her medications when she was supposed to, was not eating meals that fit into her dietary restrictions and often failed to recognize signs that she was getting into trouble. I knew that it was her firm desire to stay in her own home, but the amount of oversight I knew she needed was sometimes overwhelming for me to do alone. This is where my journey started! Providing care to seniors in our community is not just a job for me... It is something that has touched my life personally and something that I am passionate about! I know firsthand the worry and uncertainty caused when someone you love becomes ill or injured and how overwhelming the responsibility of caring for a loved one can be. I also know that finding a compassionate caregiver can often restore health, provide seniors with a renewed sense of control and independence, reduce depression, and relieve family members so they can once again be a caring son or daughter. So if you find yourself or someone you may know, in this situation... Our team of care managers and professional, compassionate caregivers at Provident Care would be honored to help you care for your loved one. Our staff is committed to caring for our clients as if we were caring for a member of our own family.

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