Nov 2, 2017 by Jorge Preciado
As winter is right around the corner, it is time for seniors to start preparing for the long winter months. With the help and support of a loving home caregiver, your aging parent can minimize the risk of many winter hazards that are especially dangerous for older adults, such as hypothermia, falls, and winter depression.
In Fairfield, CA, we may not have to worry about snow and icy walkways but transportation to holiday events and shopping, companionship, and other helpful senior services can be beneficial during the winter months.
Here are several safety tips that can allow your loved one to enjoy winter and all its perks without risking their health or well-being:
With roads and pavements being filled with snow and ice, seniors need to be extra careful when going outdoors. Slipping and falling may result in severe head, hip or bone injuries, which can lead to hospitalization, months of recovery, and reduced ability to take care of themselves. In the most serious of cases, falls can even result in death.
This is why it is of vital importance that your loved one takes some preventative measures that can lower the risk of falls and fall-related injuries on snow and ice. As every professional home caregiver points out, seniors should wear comfortable shoes and boots with non-skid soles, walk slowly and carefully on show and ice, and take off their footwear immediately upon returning indoors to prevent show for melting on the floors. It is also a good idea for seniors to remain indoors on particularly snowy or icy days.
One of the most dangerous conditions affection seniors during winter months is winter depression, also known as winter blues. A home caregiver can help your loved one avoid winter depression by providing companionship, finding the best, most reliable transportation options in the area, and arranging visits with friends and family.
Dressing appropriately for winter includes dressing in several warm layers, wearing warm, dry socks at all times, and wearing a winter coat, scarf, hat, and gloves whenever they are going outdoors, even if it’s just for a couple of minutes. This way, your senior loved one can prevent hypothermia and frostbite, two serious conditions that can result from wearing inadequate winter clothing.
Power outages are not uncommon throughout the winter, especially during and after a heavy snowstorm. To be ready in case of a blackout, your senior loved one should keep items such as warm blankets, canned food, a flashlight, and a battery-powered radio in a safe, easily accessible place. Wearing warm clothes and dressing in layers during a power outage can also help your parent increase body temperature.
As seniors cannot get enough vitamin D from the sunlight during winter months, it is essential that they consume this necessary vitamin through their diet. An expert home caregiver can prepare healthy meals for your loved one, making sure that each dish contains foods that feature Vitamin D, such as tuna, mackerel, milk, beef liver, cheese, and more.