Oct 30, 2017 by Sandra Hatch
Now that the warm summer days are behind us, it’s time for older adults to prepare for the winter months. By doing so, they can prevent common winter hazards and ensure an enjoyable season despite the cooler temperatures.
Here are several in home care tips that can help senior citizens stay safe and comfortable all winter long:
All too often, senior citizens slip and fall on roads and sidewalks that are wet or uneven. These falls typically lead to serious injuries such as head trauma, lacerations, and wrist and hip fractures. While younger individuals can recover from these injuries quickly, seniors can take months and even years to get over them. In home care can make it much easier for seniors to recover from weather related injuries. In some cases, these injuries can even take an older adult’s life.
The good news is there are certain safety precautions older adults can take to reduce their risk of slipping, falling, and severely injuring themselves. Wearing comfortable shoes with non-skid soles and good traction can help keep a senior safe from slipping.
While dressing warm during the winter may seem obvious, too many seniors fail to do so and suffer from frostbite and hypothermia as a result. To prevent these serious conditions, older adults should always wear a heavy winter coat as well as a hat, gloves, scarf and warm socks. Dressing warm can ensure that a senior’s body temperature never drops below 95 degrees.
Due to the fact that it can be challenging and dangerous for seniors to get from point A to point B, many older adults stay away from social activities and spend a significant amount of time at home during the colder months in Fresno, CA. When they do so, they often face feelings and isolation.
In order to avoid winter depression, older adults should arrange a daily check in with a trustworthy in home care providers, family member or friend, search for dependable transportation options, and make it a priority to stay informed on family outings and other social activities.
In the summer, most senior citizens get enough Vitamin D because they are constantly outside in the sun. To make sure that they continue getting the Vitamin D they need to build strong bones in the winter, older adults must fill their diet with foods that are fortified in Vitamin D. Some of these foods include tuna, salmon, mackerel, milk, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks.
Seniors who are committed to living a safe and fulfilling life this winter should be extra cautious when they are around icy roads, dress warm, stay social to avoid depression, prepare for power outages, and consume a diet that’s full of Vitamin D.
If your senior loved one in Fresno, CA needs a little extra help around the house with personal care tasks, cleaning, meal preparation and more, contact us or call (559) 365-6440 to talk about the benefits of in home care for seniors.