January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month.
This is a fantastic opportunity for your aging loved one and you and your role as their family caregiver to give back to the community around you through blood donation. Many aging adults struggle with feeling like they are no longer as relevant to the community, or that they cannot make an impact. Helping them to find ways that they can contribute, can boost their mental and emotional health, and helps them to experience a greater level of motivation in their later years.
Donating blood is a wonderful way to positively impact many lives, but your senior may worry they are not eligible to donate due to health issues, age, or other factors. Reviewing eligibility factors with your senior can help to reassure them that they can make this difference and be a valuable part of saving lives.
While there are many other factors that will need to be considered, some of the basic eligibility requirements for donating blood include:
If your senior has any specific questions about their own health factors and if they are eligible to donate, they should reach out to the organization running the blood drive. They can discuss their individual factors and needs, and determine if blood donation is right for them.
From safe and reliable transportation to meal preparation to medication reminders and more, a home care provider can be an invaluable resource for your elderly loved one and for you as their family caregiver. An in-home senior care services provider is there to give your senior exactly what they need to manage their challenges and promote their best life.
This can mean supporting safer and more confident mobility, encouraging good lifestyle choices such as eating a healthy diet and staying hydrated, providing medication reminders to keep them compliant, and even just being there as a companion to boost their mental and emotional health and offer a more satisfying lifestyle as they age in place.