The seasons change, and the temperatures start to drop. The First Day of Winter 2020 will no doubt brings feelings of excitement and hopes for a chance at snow for the young but it causes some challenges for the elderly. The experts in Atlanta Senior Care at Regency Home Care Atlanta want to share a few helpful tips for senior care in winter.
One of the scariest and riskiest problems seniors face during winter months are slips and falls on icy pavements. Inside falls are also more likely when wet or snowy shoes track in water to create a slick spot in the house.
Even southern states, like Georgia, get cold during the winter. When the temperatures take a dip, it’s important to protect your elderly loved one from hypothermia. Aging individuals cannot withstand low temperatures for long periods of time. It is important that they stay inside and stay warm.
Make sure their home is ready for cold weather. Schedule inspections and furnace or fireplace maintenance. Set the thermostat to about 68 degrees to help prevent inside temperatures becoming too cold or too hot. Make sure carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. Also, make sure they are stocked with an emergency kit should the power go out. The kit should be stocked with a flashlight, backup batteries, a radio, warm blankets, and non-perishable food and bottled water to last for several days. Also make sure they are stocked up on prescriptions.
While it may seem cozy to pull those covers up and stay in bed all day, it is also important that your loved one stays active. Any movement or exercise will help increase the heart rate, regulate blood flow, and help with stiffness, pain, lethargy, and winter-related depression.
It’s generally obvious that staying hydrated is important in hot, summer months. It’s also important during the winter. It’s natural to not feel as thirsty when it is colder, but with the dryer air, elderly people can dehydrate faster. It also dries out the skin, so using a humidifier and moisturizers are important.
Regency Home Care helps the aging and their family members enjoy a good quality of life regardless of the season or weather outside. Our caring team provides safe transportation to and from appointments and personalized care. We come alongside to help family members provide quality at-home care for their aging loved one. We help aging seniors stay as independent as possible for as long as they can, living in their own home.
Contact us today, before the weather turns cold. We are your partner in care to help with senior concerns including staying as healthy as possible for as long as possible. In home care Atlanta GA also helps with safe, reliable transportation to health-related appointments and procedures, running errands, and preparing nutritious hot meals.
Trust our warm, caring team for personalized care regardless of the season. Get individualized assistance for your aging loved one with a tender touch. Call the home health care in Atlanta experts at Regency Home Care at (678) 999-2446 to learn more today!