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Tips for Donating Blood with Your Senior

Elder Care in Palm Beach FL

Each day throughout the United States approximately 40,000 units of blood are used to help save lives and treat serious issues in patients. When emergency situations strike, the need is even Elder-Care-in-Palm-Beach-FLhigher. This requires a constant stream of donations to keep blood banks stocked and prepared to help those who need it. Unfortunately, though approximately 40 percent of the population of the United States is eligible to give blood, less than 10 percent actually does. This can mean that when the time comes for someone to receive blood, there may be a shortage. Donating blood with your elderly parent is a fantastic opportunity for the two of you to make a difference in the community around you and for you to help your parent achieve and maintain a higher quality of life as they age in place by supporting better mental and emotional health, a greater sense of relevance, and higher motivation.

January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month. During this month, consider making donating blood and helping others a meaningful part of your care journey with your senior.


Use these tips to help make donating blood a smooth and successful experience:

  • Eat a healthy diet leading up to your donation. What you eat makes an impact on how you feel as well as the quality of your blood. In the weeks leading up to your donation, focus on eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. On the day of your donation, avoid eating food that is high in fat, greasy, or sugary. This will help you to feel stronger during and after your donation, and prevent negative impacts on the tests for your blood.
  • Wear proper clothing. Remember that you will need to expose your arm in order to donate. Wear clothing that is loose, comfortable, and can easily be moved away from your arm without restricting your blood flow.
  • Relax. The idea of giving blood can make you or your aging parent a little nervous. Relax throughout the experience. Bring music to listen to or a book to read. Staying calm will make the experience smoother and faster.
  • Take care of yourself. Be sure to take care of yourself after the donation to help your body recuperate. Enjoy a snack immediately after the donation and drink four extra glasses of water over the course of the next 24 hours. Remove the wrap bandage within an hour, but leave the adhesive bandage in place for several more hours to prevent infection. Avoid any vigorous exercise or physical work for the rest of the donation day.


Starting elder care for your aging parent can be an exceptional way to help them live a higher quality of life throughout their later years. The highly personalized services of an elderly home care services provider are not just designed to address your senior loved one’s physical challenges, limitations, and needs. Instead, this care provider can create an approach to care, support, assistance, and encouragement specifically designed to keep your parent safe, healthy, and comfortable, but also to help them pursue a higher level of mental and emotional health and well-being, independence, and engagement in the world around them. This can help them to live better and stay stronger throughout their later years. When it comes to things such as volunteering and helping the community, this care provider can help your parent to find activities and opportunities that are meaningful to them and support them in participating in them to the best and fullest of their ability so that they can enjoy the benefits of knowing that they are still relevant and impactful in the lives of others.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Palm Beach, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.




Zachary Desmond, Executive Administrator

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability. His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.

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