As we age, our bodies become less tolerant of cold weather, making us more susceptible to hypothermia, frostbite, and other cold-related illnesses. At Universal Care Services we always look to support our clients in the best way we can and winter can be a very dangerous time for elderly individuals. Here are some tips to help keep the elderly people in your life safe during the winter months.
Firstly, it is important to ensure that the home is prepared for the cold weather. This includes checking the heating system to make sure it is working properly, and insulating windows and doors to prevent heat loss. It is also important to have a backup heating source, such as a generator, in case of a power outage, or maybe even a plug in heater.
Secondly, elderly people should dress appropriately for the weather. This means wearing layers of warm clothing, a hat, gloves, and a scarf to cover their face and neck. It is also important to wear shoes with good traction to prevent slips and falls on icy sidewalks and driveways. If they aren’t able to get out and about, it is always important to keep blankets and such nearby in the event that they do become cold and they aren’t wearing the right amount of clothing.
Thirdly, it is important to ensure that elderly people are getting enough nutrition and hydration. In the winter months, it can be difficult to stay hydrated because we don’t feel as thirsty as we do in the summer. It is important to drink plenty of water, tea, and other fluids to prevent dehydration. Additionally, it is important to eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and protein to help keep the immune system strong.
Winter can be a dangerous time for elderly people, but with a few simple precautions, we can help keep them safe and healthy. By preparing the home for cold weather, dressing appropriately, and ensuring that they are getting enough nutrition and hydration, we can help our elderly loved ones stay safe and enjoy the winter season. Our staff at Universal Care Services will always keep a look out for these things and assist where needed to ensure that your loved ones can stay happy and looked after in the winter months.