Posted on Jan 30, 2014
Winter Safety Tips for Seniors and In Home Assisted Living
This has been a very bitterly cold winter so far, and it’s just halfway over! The roads have been slick due to freezing rain and snow. It’s very common for slips and falls to occur during these unpredictable and icy cold months. During these cold months, it’s especially important to take extra care when navigating either by foot or vehicle.
It’s not unusual for a sidewalk or driveway to be icy during these sometimes sub-zero winter months. The poor conditions could cause anyone to fall; but a younger person can recover much quicker from a spill than an elderly adult. Make sure when your elderly loved one is leaving their home that they have on slip resistant shoes with good traction and non-skid soles. If at all possible, have your loved one stay indoors when conditions are considered dangerous.
Frigid weather calls for much warmer clothing. Elderly adults are not as equipped with the ability to regulate body temperature, especially if they are regularly taking medications, don’t eat enough, or are not very active. Freezing temperatures outside can lead to frostbite and hypothermia. Hypothermia is caused by getting too cold as the body loses more heat than it can generate and the body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. While it makes sense to dress in layers when venturing outside, it is also important to keep the inside temperature stay comfortably warm. Limit time outdoors on windy days. Keep the body temperature up by eating hot, nourishing meals, and drink warm beverages. If your elderly loved one’s body temperature gets below 95 degrees, seek medical assistance right away.
It is very important to keep an extra vigilant eye on your elderly loved one during the winter. Be sure to check on your elderly loved ones regularly. If you live out of town, ask for help from a neighbor or friend to check in. Arrange for someone to keep your loved one’s sidewalks and driveway shoveled and de-iced. Make sure there is a stocked emergency kit in your loved ones’ home; and they know where it is. If you worry about their safety while driving in the poor winter conditions, the dependable caregivers from Senior Helpers can make sure they arrive to and from their appointments safely. If your loved one is physically or cognitively impaired, it might be beneficial for your peace of mind to provide in home assisted living and arrange for someone to stay with them during the winter months to avoid possible emergencies.
If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in home assisted living and the many benefits of professional elderly care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of