How to Keep Your Senior Safe This Winter
Do you have a loved one who you want to keep safe this winter? At Main Line Adult Day Center, we understand that you want your loved one to be safe even when the winter weather hits. That’s why we’ve created a quick guide that will help you prepare your senior for the colder weather.
As you might already know, cold weather and treacherous ice can spell potential hazards for the elderly. The following are a few of the dangers to watch out for as winter hits so that your senior can stay safe.
Every year, half of all Americans who die from hypothermia are at least 65 years old. The elderly are more susceptible to becoming chilled because they have less fat and sower circulation. They also have a more sluggish metabolism. In some extreme cases, an elderly person can even become hypothermic while indoors. This means that his or her thermostat should never be set below 65 degrees if he or she is 75 or older.
The elderly are also more prone to becoming dehydrated since they eat and drink less than younger persons. Make sure that your elderly loved one is drinking enough water even if he or she doesn’t seem to be thirsty. Sometimes filling up a water bottle and keeping it by his or her side is an easy way to ensure that liquids are being consumed regularly.
Ice and snow are also potential dangers for the elderly. Sidewalks that become slick from ice pose a serious falling hazard for an elderly person, so make sure that if it snows or becomes icy the walkway and driveway are salted and clear. Hire a neighbor or an inexpensive service if you can’t help, yourself. Also, make sure that your senior wears good snow boots with tread on the soles and that he or she uses a cane with tread, if necessary.
Make sure that your senior has the right clothing too. Mittens, scarves coats and hats are all important pieces of gear to keep your loved one safe. Also, make sure that he or she remains dry and change wet clothing frequently to prevent loss of body heat.
Investing in a good disaster kit is also a good idea for keeping your senior safe this winter. Each kit should include enough food and water to last several days. It should also contain necessary medications, batteries and a first-aid kit. A battery-operated flashlight is also a good idea.