Medical Alerts for Seniors with Liver Failure

Medical Alerts for Seniors with Liver Failure

time icon 5 min read update icon Sept. 28, 2019


Liver failure may occur in a senior after a large portion of the organ becomes irreversibly damaged. Chronic liver failure can occur over months or years.

Liver Failure Overview

There are two forms of liver failure: chronic and acute. Numerous things such as cirrhosis, alcoholism, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hemochromatosis and malnutrition can all cause chronic hepatic failure. Acute liver failure is rare and can develop rapidly, often in less than 48 hours. It is often caused by toxins, acetaminophen overdose, drug toxicity, herbal preparations, viral hepatitis, autoimmune system, carcinoma, Wilson’s disease or Reye's syndrome.

Liver Failure Impairment

Liver failure causes debilitating and often sudden impairments that can affect every aspect of the sufferer’s life. Many people suffering from hepatic failure are on a waiting list for a new liver and must cope with the ailments associated with the failing organ.

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Easy bleeding
  • Confusion
  • Mental decline
Medical Alerts Benefits

Dealing with a liver failure is never easy. The multitude of symptoms may feel overwhelming. Unfortunately, the condition often does not get better, and the patient may experience a consistent downward spiral. Medical alert services can provide peace of mind if an emergency should occur.

Symptoms of liver failure:

  • Fatigue
  • Sleepiness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Chronic nausea
  • Weight loss
  • Weakness
  • Bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal distention
  • Confusion
  • Loss of appetite
  • Coma
Safety Without Medical Alerts

If you suffer from liver failure you can opt to live your life without medical alert services. However, when dealing with the physical decline associated with this condition, you will need to take certain safety measures throughout your home to maintain your independence.

  • Sleepiness and fatigue: You will probably spend a great deal of time in bed because of the chronic sleepiness and fatigue associated with liver failure. Having a bedside stand and assist will give you the support you need to safely get in and out of bed.
  • Weakness: Keeping a walker or cane near you at all times will help you with the chronic physical weakness you may experience.
  • Diarrhea and vomiting: Having a toilet frame and handrails installed in the bathroom will give you the support you require to get up and down from the toilet. A walk-in shower can also be beneficial.
  • Malnutrition: Malnutrition often goes hand-in-hand with hepatic failure. Consuming nutritious meals throughout the day can boost your energy and stabilize your system.
Liver Failure Precautions
  • Take all medications: When suffering from liver failure, you will probably have numerous prescription medications that you will need to take throughout the day. Be sure to take all medications as directed by your physician.
  • Depression: Many seniors suffering from liver failure also deal with bouts of depression. Not feeling well and having impairments often takes the joy out of everyday activities and makes doing the things that once made you happy difficult or impossible. If you are suffering from depression, then you should consult with your physician and also seek the support of family and friends.
  • Bleeding: Bleeding from a small bump or bruise is a serious condition that often accompanies liver failure. Removing all obstacles and sharp corners can help prevent accidents.
Liver Failure Medical Alert Precautions

Medical alert systems help you quickly and efficiently summon emergency assistance if you should fall, sustain an injury, or become so sick that you need immediate medical care. Acute liver failure is considered a medical emergency. Without prompt treatment, you can slip into a life-threatening coma. For this reason, medical alerts are highly recommended for this condition.

Kimberly Sharpe - Senior Advisor

Kimberly is senior researcher with Grandfolk® providing in-depth product and service reviews to empower senior buying decisions.