Winter is approaching, which means the weather is getting colder and the snow is going to begin to fall. Making sure you are keeping yourself safe is so important but what about your loved ones? Making sure they stay safe for the winter months is so crucial. Below we have put together a list for you, to help make sure your loved ones are safe for cold winter months ahead.
Making sure your loved ones are dressed appropriately is key. Elderly people tend to lose body heat more easily. It happens so quickly that they are not even aware it is happening. This makes them more prone to hypothermia. Hypothermia is when your body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. If they experience hypothermia it can lead to a number of other health issues that are more serious such as kidney problems, hear attacks or death. This is why it is so important for them to layer up! The more layers they have on the less likely they are to lose body heat and get hypothermia.
Keeping their Medicine Cabinet and Food Pantry Stocked
Winter is a very unpredictable season. Snowstorms, rainstorms and windstorms can happen at any moment leaving you trapped inside your house, making sure your loved one’s medicine cabinet is full is ideal just in case they are stuck home for a few days. Same goes for their food pantry as well. Making sure your loved one is eating breakfast, lunch and dinner is important. Keeping their cabinets are filled with healthy and nutritious food will ensure them a safe winter.
Visiting your loved one vital to their health and keeping them safe in the long cold winter months. As they get older, they tend to become more lonely. In the wintertime when it gets dark at 4PM and it becomes gloomy out visiting them will sure bring a smile to their face. Bring the grandkids over as well to brighten up their day. This will help keep them preoccupied.
Make a Plan
Lastly, make a plan with your loved ones. As storms approach figure out what you can do to help them. Maybe they come stay at your house or you go stay at theirs to ensure that they are taking care of themselves and staying healthy.
These tips will help to make sure your loved ones are safe during the chilly season. If you are out of town or just have a busy schedule contact At Home Senior Care today and see how we can help you keep your loved one safe this year!