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Factors That Can Make Seniors Ineligible to Give Blood

By Nick Paciello, 9:00 am on

Donating blood is a fantastic way for your senior loved one to give back to the community, and it is generally safe for the aging demographic. However, there are certain factors your loved one needs to consider before making the decision to donate. Henderson caregivers discuss a few of the health conditions that may make him or her ineligible.

High or Low Blood Pressure

If your loved one’s blood pressure is too high or too low, he or she may not be able to give blood. If his or her blood pressure is over 180/100, your loved one will be disqualified from donating blood. On the other hand, if he or she has low blood pressure, it needs to be above 80/50 to be eligible to donate. Donating with low blood pressure can make it hard for the body to adjust to the blood loss, and high blood pressure increases pressure in the arteries.

Diabetes

Though well-controlled diabetes will not disqualify your loved one from donating blood, doing so when blood sugar is low is not recommended. Low blood sugar coupled with lost blood volume can cause extreme fatigue and lightheadedness. If your loved one has diabetes and would like to donate blood, his or her blood sugar needs to be checked beforehand.

Heart Disease

Having heart disease is not an automatic disqualifier for making a blood donation. However, if your loved one has had a heart attack, bypass surgery, angioplasty, or change of medication in the past 6 months, he or she is ineligible to donate blood. If your loved one has a pacemaker, the heartbeat has to be between 50 and 100 beats per minute for him or her to be eligible.

Infection

Your loved one cannot give blood if he or she currently has an infection. He or she must wait until the infection is completely gone before making a donation. If your loved one is taking antibiotics for the infection, he or she needs to wait 10 days after the final dose before giving blood. Seniors who have had Chagas disease, babesiosis, or leishmaniasis cannot donate.

If your loved one needs help managing any of the above conditions or has other health concerns that need addressing, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our live-in and hourly caregivers can assist with exercise, nutritious meal prep, medication reminders, and much more. For more information on the in-home care Henderson seniors and their families trust, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at (702) 527-7723 to schedule a complimentary consultation.