As much as we hate to admit, winter is right around the corner. And with that, comes everything involved with the season: the ice, snow, and cold temperatures. And, if you’re caring for a friend or loved one who lives at home, winter can bring along some new challenges for them as well.
Below are some quick and helpful tips for keeping seniors safe during the winter:
1.: Clear driveways and sidewalks
One of the most obvious challenges winter brings is the addition of snow and ice, which can lead to slips and falls. Which is why it’s important to make sure that walkways, outside steps, and driveways are clear of these potential dangers for your friends or loved ones.
Plan ahead, if you are a family member taking care of a friend or loved one, and you know that you may not always be there to clear steps or walkways for them when it snows, talk to their neighbor and see if they can help out.
Additionally, the addition of ice and snow on the roads can make driving more difficult for your friend or loved one as well. If you feel that your friend or loved one may have difficulty getting to and from needed appointments or errands, make sure there is someone in place to help them out.
Sure, winter brings snow and ice, but it also means that your friend or loved one will be staying indoors more often, and may be getting less than their recommended dose of Vitamin-D; a vitamin that seniors are more at risk for deficiency of already.
Vitamin-D has been thought to be helpful in keeping bones healthy, so it’s important to make sure your friends or loved ones are eating the right things this winter.
3.: Dry skin
With winter, of course, comes dry skin. But for seniors, dry skin can be more dangerous than just an irritating itch. Dry skin in seniors can lead to cracking, and even infections. Therefore, for family caregivers and home health care workers alike, it’s important to stay up-to-task in helping your friends or loved ones stay moisturized.
One sure-fire way to help your friends or loved on stay moisturized is to stay hydrated. In any season, but especially in winter, make sure your friend or loved one is getting the water they need. Keep a pitcher full in easily accessible areas, and make it as easy as possible for them to get their fill of H2O.
As always, if you want to keep your home as safe as possible during winter, or perhaps are realizing that you may need some help around the home this year, feel free to call one of our Care Advisors at 317-581-1100.
This blog is meant for informational purposes only and should not replace the advice of a doctor.