|Posted on January 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM|
Now that winter is upon us, it is important to prepare for the harsh weather conditions when caring for your senior loved one. The cold weather can be extra dangerous for the elderly which is why it is very important to make sure the proper arrangements are made.
Remember, these cold temperatures can be much harsher on our aging loved one then on us. It is important to know the signs and symptoms if their body temperature drops too low. Some potential risk factors for seniors during the winter months include: hypothermia, influenza and the potential to slip and fall in the icy/wet ground.
There are several precautions that you can take to assure your senior loved one will have a safe and secure winter season. First things first, make sure they are dressed warmly (think layers!) Tip: Make sure the layers are light weight. Of course, you want your loved one to be warm, but you do not want to make them uncomfortable. Also, it is important to note that skin tends to become thinner as you age and additionally, certain medications can cause dry skin. These factors combined with cold weather could potentially be very painful for your elderly loved one.
Keeping body heat contained is a great way to make sure your loved one stays warm on cold winter days Tip: Invest in some mittens – not gloves. Fingers act as little heaters which make them the warmer option.