Posted on Feb 03, 2015
In the age-old tradition of Groundhogs’ Day, we patiently awaited for a small furry creature to determine the future of our seasons, and in a disappointing flash Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and bestowed upon the nation six more weeks of winter. Winter can be a very pleasant time as it often comes with the connotations of the Holidays and warmth and happiness, but for your senior, six more weeks of winter may also bring about some anxieties. Senior Helpers has created a list of potential hazards to prepare for with your senior so the next six weeks can be an enjoyable time to look forward to.
The cold and driving may become unsafe for your senior as seniors are the most likely to feel the effects of the cold more as holding in heat becomes harder as your senior ages so make sure they have a working heating system and plenty of blankets in case of a power outage. In order to keep your senior safe on the roads, offer to have them tag along on your errands to keep you company while you drive and to bring them to stores. If your senior is traveling beyond the East Bay and towards snow, make sure they are equipped with the appropriate accessories such as snow tires, working windshields and extra blankets in the trunk in case of emergency.
Social Isolation: Because it becomes such a hassle to leave the home in the extreme conditions of winter, many people- not just seniors!- suffer from cabin fever. While to you, being able to stay inside all day in the heated home sounds like a dream, for your senior it can become isolating. To ensure your senior doesn’t experience the isolation that comes with the cold weather, try signing him or her up for a class or a regularly scheduled activity to help build and maintain social relationships and give your senior something else to do.
Flu Season: It is commonly known that the flu season can be very dangerous time for seniors as their immune system is weaker than the average adult. Take precautions and get a flu shot with your senior to ensure a safe and healthy winter free from illness.
With seniors it is understood that it is important to take advantage of every day we have with our loved ones, and Senior Helpers wishes to make that a goal for all of our caregivers and clients. In order to do this, it is important that we care for our seniors in all aspects of health- mental, physical and emotional.
Senior Helpers offers elder home health care to seniors in need of basic aide, such as companion care or housekeeping, and with more advanced stages of aid. Senior Helpers caregivers are trained in dementia and Alzheimer’s in-home care offering families living away from their loved ones in Danville or Walnut Creek peace of mind. For the full list of services we provide, visit our website or call or office at 925-376-8000.