Home Health Care: Learn About PAD in Aging Adults on Red Sock Day

Home Health Care: February 19th is Red Sock Day.

You may never have heard of this national day, but it’s an important one. Red Sock Day aims to bring awareness to peripheral artery disease (PAD).  Having Home Health Care on hand to keep an eye out for symptoms can be a true lifesaver.


Home Health Care in Berwyn PA: Peripheral Artery Disease

Home Health Care in Berwyn PA: Peripheral Artery Disease


What is PAD?

PAD affects about 6.5 million adults over the age of 40. It occurs when plaque builds up in the legs’ arteries and restricts blood flow. Symptoms include pain and cramps in the legs, hips, and buttocks when walking. Leg weakness and a decreased pulse in the feet are other signs.

People with high blood pressure and high cholesterol have a higher risk for PAD. The same is true for those who smoke, have diabetes, or lead sedentary lifestyles. Age also plays a factor.

PAD is important to diagnose as plaque build-up in one area of the body signals that there is likely plaque in other arteries and blood vessels. It leads to a higher possibility of having a heart attack or stroke.

What Treatment Options Are Given?

If your mom or dad suspects they have PAD, their doctor can use special instrumentation to check the blood pressure in the ankle at rest and during exercise to detect problems. Scans like an MRI might also be ordered.

If PAD is diagnosed, exercise is essential. While the legs may ache, getting enough exercise each day is critical. This might mean having your mom or dad work with a physical therapist to build muscle strength.

Medications like blood thinners help. If your parent smokes, doctors will urge them to stop. Bypass surgery to bypass the blockages may be recommended.

How Can Home Health Care Help?

If your mom or dad has PAD, home health care aides are a big help. Your parent is supported emotionally and physically. Caregivers help your parent stay motivated during exercise sessions. They’ll remind your mom or dad that it’s time to get up and stretch or take the daily dose of blood thinners.

Sometimes, blood thinners lead to side effects like dizziness. Caregivers are there to support your mom or dad until the side effects pass. They can also help your parents with housekeeping, transportation, and meal preparation.

Make arrangements today. Call a home health care agency and ask to talk to a specialist in-home care. Have your questions ready and involve your mom or dad in conversations. As you learn more about the services and prices, you’ll have the information needed to book services.


If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Health Care in Berwyn, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care. (484) 206-4544



Ibrahim & Mariama Suma-Keita