December 21st, 2018 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized
For the elderly, winter presents more hazards than it does for younger generations. This means our parents, grandparents, and other senior loved ones must take steps to be more careful in the colder months. These
Prevent Slips and Falls
Bones are especially brittle in the elderly, so, when they fall on ice or in snow, they’re far more likely to get injured. To prevent this, ensure your elderly Loved Ones have non-slip footwear that’s in good condition. The soles should provide good traction and the material should be water resistant.
Wear Multiple Layers
According to the CDC, more than half of the deaths attributed to hypothermia involve seniors over the age of 65. To help reduce the risks of developing an illness, including hypothermia, ensure your elder loved one is dressed warmly. If they wear multiple layers, such as coats, sweaters, and turtleneck shirts, they can remove items as they begin to feel too warm.
Seniors are less certain on the road as well. To help your seniors stay safe on the roads, make sure their vehicle is winterized in the fall. This means checking for the right balance of fluid levels, checking tires for wear, assessing windshield wipers, and evaluating headlights and turn signals. If they’re not comfortable driving in bad weather, drive for them.
In the winter, eating a variety of healthy foods can make up for a vitamin D deficit. Make sure your elder loved one is drinking plenty of milk and eating vitamin D-rich foods, like whole grains, tuna, and salmon.
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.