Keeping Your Senior Safe During the Winter Months
Holiday time is usually a fun and enjoyable season. Families come together to celebrate a merry combination of cheer, presents, Santa, eggnog, and time with loved ones. The holiday season can also bring safety concerns for the older members of our families.
Here are some dangers to watch for during the colder months and how to properly prepare.
Much like the summer seasons, dehydration is a common concern for people of all ages. For seniors, this is especially true, but all year long. The older generation simply eat and drink less than the younger ones, making dehydration a major concern in general. However, during the winter months, people tend to feel less thirsty and ensuring your senior is drinking consistently should be a priority.
If your elderly loved one lives in an area affected by ice or snow, falling is a definite concern. Please ensure any pathways, driveways, porch areas, etc., are properly and thoroughly cleaned. As an added level of protection, make sure your senior has proper shoes and a walker or cane. Ensure their shoes have rubber soles and current trends on their walker/cane are not worn down.
Safety inside the home is just as important as safety outside. During severe weather, it would not be uncommon for the power to go out unexpectedly. Harsh weather mixed with loss of power could be disastrous if you’re not prepared. Make sure your elderly loved one has easy access to blankets, non perishable food, extra warm clothing, a flashlight, extra medication, and plenty of water. Think of it as a “disaster kit” with these essentials to last several days.
For those using electric blankets or space heaters, make sure a proper check is performed to ensure the device is functioning correctly and electrical cords are not frayed or damaged. Keep devices away from flammable materials or water. Your senior’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be tested and checked regularly.
Colder months can also bring feelings of depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). These will impact both physical and emotional health of your senior. If symptoms are present: increase in tiredness or lethargy, appetite change, or loss of energy, make sure you contact their doctor for treatment options.
Encourage your senior to stretch, stay hydrated, dress appropriately, and eat healthily. Do what you can to get your elderly loved one prepared for the winter, so they can enjoy a safe season.
About Lenus In Home Care
At Lenus In Home Care our aids are certified and specialize in working with elderly patients in the comfort of their own environment in both Georgia and South Carolina. Our Certified Nursing Assistants and nurses can help your family with personal care services, skilled nursing visits, homemaking services, or for companionship.
For more information on whether you should consider hiring a Certified Nursing Assistant or nurse to help your loved one, contact Lenus In Home Care! We would love to offer our assistance and help you feel more secure about your elderly loved one at home. Connect with us today!