December 27th, 2018 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized
As winter approaches, we all need to prepare for cold, stormy days, but seniors are particularly at risk. If their body temperatures get too low, they can suffer from breathing problems, unconsciousness, or even death. To keep your seniors warm in the winter, follow these steps.
What makes a senior more vulnerable to the cold?
Older people are especially vulnerable to the cold because they are:
• More likely to have chronic conditions and use medications
• Less able to feel the cold and regulate body temperature
• More likely to be inactive or dressed unsafely
• More apt to be dehydrated
• More likely not to eat properly
• More apt to live alone
What steps can we take to keep loved ones warm?
In addition to avoiding cold, wet weather when possible, a senior needs these essentials:
• Safe and comfortable housing
• Adequate clothing
• Good diet
What warm clothing items do the elderly need?
We recommend these items:
• Wheelchair blankets
• Warm house slippers
• Slip-resistant socks
• Leg or arm warmers
• Warm scarves or lap blankets
For those who can go outside, waterproof boots, coats, gloves, and other outdoor gear is essential.
What are the symptoms of hypothermia?
When you see these hypotermia symptoms, get help:
• Cold, clammy skin
• Blue fingers or lips
• Fatigue or confusion
• Slurred speech
When it comes to keeping your senior relatives happy and healthy, you can trust the professional caregivers at Loved Ones. With our “never alone” promise, you can rest assured that your loved ones will receive the best care possible.
To learn all about the Loved Ones Difference, simply contact us online or call us at 304-744-4081.