With many seniors going to the doctor for check-ups and other appointments, winter is a busy time for seniors. It is also a time when many people are at risk of slips and falls and other cold weather-related injuries. This is especially true for those living on their own in the house since they may not have anyone else to help them up after a fall. Winter is a time of year when we think about our loved ones, whether they are elderly or young. It's important to keep in mind that winter can be particularly dangerous for the elderly and their caregivers, who may not be as strong or able to deal with cold weather as they once were. Here are some winter safety tips for seniors and caregivers:
Prevent Slips and Falls
To prevent slips and falls, ensure that the stairs are well-lit and have non-slip linoleum on the steps. Make sure that rugs aren't too thick or too thin and that there's enough space between furniture so you can see any potential trip hazards. Be sure that no one is using walkers or wheelchairs in the house—these can create instability and make it harder for someone to keep their balance when moving around the home.
If you live alone, make sure there are plenty of fireplaces and heating vents in your home so that you can stay warm without having to turn on the stove or heat up water for baths or showers. For caregivers, be sure to check up on your patients regularly about whether they need help taking care of themselves as well as their home—this includes making sure their household pets are warm enough too!
Central Home Heating
Make sure that your senior has access to heat inside their home by installing central heating systems or installing electric blankets on bed frames near their sleeping areas (if applicable). If possible, try to raise their bedroom's temperature by turning off unnecessary lights and turning up the thermostat as much as possible.
Stay Nourished & Hydrated
If you're cooking at home during the winter months, make sure to stock up on nutritious food that can be prepared quickly and easily so you can enjoy it while keeping an eye on your budget. Soup and stews are particularly good options, but anything with plenty of fresh vegetables will do!
Step Out Only When Necessary
As you know, winter is a dangerous season. The cold weather and snow can cause slips and falls, which can be especially dangerous for seniors and others with mobility issues. But there are ways to stay safe this winter! First, avoid going out if possible. If you do go out in the snow, wear appropriate clothing and footwear that protects against injury from slipping on ice. And make sure to carry an ice scraper as well as a shovel or other tool that can help clear paths through snowbanks in front of your home or driveway.
With winter comes the cold and snow, which can be a hazard for our older loved ones, who may not be as accustomed to the cold as they used to be. It's not just the kids who need to be safe in winter. Seniors and caregivers should also be aware of their surroundings and ensure they're prepared for any adverse weather conditions.
At Effraim Home Care, our highly skilled care staff can assist with an extensive range of home care needs: personal care, meal planning/preparation, household chores, running errands, transportation, or simply warm companionship to participate in enjoyable conversations and pastimes. Contact us today at (215) 826-7422 to discover more about our home care in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas and find out how we can help you and your family.