Oct 27, 2017 by Robert Myer
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. 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.
Here are several elder care services and tips that can help senior citizens stay safe and comfortable all winter long:
All too often, senior citizens slip and fall on wet, slippery roads and sidewalks. 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 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, staying inside on days where the roadways are slick, and removing shoes every time they return indoors can keep a senior safe from falling or getting too cold.
While dressing warm during the winter may seem obvious, too many seniors fail to do so and suffer from a common cold, cough, sore throat, low-grade fever, watery eyes, nasal congestion, runny nose, and sneezing 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. Seniors who have trouble getting dressed because of medical conditions like arthritis can get help from elder care services. A caregiver can help seniors make sure they are always warmly dressed for cooler weather.
Due to the fact that it can be challenging and dangerous to get from point A to point B in the winter, many older adults stay away from social activities and spend a significant amount of time at home during the winter months. 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 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 obtain 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.
If you have a senior loved one in Gulfport, MS who could benefit from elder care services for staying safe and comfortable this winter, contact us or call for more information. Our senior care specialists will be happy to help create a custom care plan individualized for your loved one’s needs.