Nov 7, 2018 by Comfort Keepers
Now that the warm summer days are behind us, it’s time for older adults to prepare for the colder temperatures and rainfall often associated with months in Fort Myers, FL. By doing so, they can prevent common winter hazards and ensure an enjoyable season despite the drop in temperature. Here are several elderly home care tips that can help senior citizens stay safe and comfortable all winter long:
Although Fort Myers, FL tends to experience mild winter weather conditions, all too often, senior citizens slip and fall on roads and sidewalks that have become wet or icy. These falls typically lead to serious injuries such as head trauma, lacerations, and wrist and hip fractures. While younger individuals can recover from these injuries quickly, seniors can take months and even years to get over them. In some cases, these injuries can even take an older adult’s life.
The good news is there are certain safety precautions recommended by elderly home care professionals for older adults can take to reduce their risk of slipping, falling, and severely injuring themselves. Wearing comfortable shoes with non-skid soles and good traction, staying inside on days with significant rainfall and colder temperatures, and removing shoes every time they return indoors can keep a senior safe from potential slipping hazards.
While dressing warm during the winter may seem obvious, too many seniors fail to do so, and suffer from frostbite and hypothermia as a result. To prevent these serious conditions, older adults should always wear a heavy winter coat as well as a hat, gloves, scarf and warm socks. Dressing warm can ensure that a senior’s body temperature never drops below 95 degrees.
Due to the fact that it can be challenging and dangerous for seniors to get from point A to point B, many older adults stay away from social activities and spend a significant amount of time at home during the colder months. When they do so, they often face feelings and isolation. Having professional in-home care services can help fight off these feelings. A caregiver can provide companionship and conversation as well as helping with household tasks or personal care.
In order to avoid winter depression, older adults should arrange a daily check in with a trustworthy elderly home care provider, a family member or friend, search for dependable transportation options, and make it a priority to stay informed on family outings and other social activities.
In the summer, most senior citizens obtain enough Vitamin D because they are constantly outside in the sun. To make sure that they continue getting the Vitamin D they need to build strong bones in the winter, older adults must fill their diet with foods that are fortified in Vitamin D. Some of these foods include tuna, salmon, mackerel, milk, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks.
Seniors who are committed to living a safe and fulfilling life this winter should be extra cautious when they are around icy roads, dress warm, stay social to avoid depression, prepare for power outages, and consume a diet that’s full of Vitamin D.
If your loved one in Fort Myers, FL could benefit from elderly home care and companionship services this winter, contact us or call (239) 243-0180 for more information. Ask about scheduling your free in-home consultation.