With the chilling temperatures, icy roads and slippery sidewalks, it is imperative that we all, especially the elderly take the necessary precautions to stay safe healthy and warm during the winter months.
Here are a few winter safety tips for seniors to keep in mind. You may already be aware of most or all of these tips, but a refresher can’t hurt!
- Make sure there is a carbon monoxide detector in your house, close to, or in the bedroom if possible.
- Check the insulation around windows and doors. If it is a bit drafty use curtains or fill old socks with sand and place them on the windowsills or door jams.
- Keep the thermostat at a minimum of 65 degrees, this is especially important for seniors, who do not have the body temperature control they once had.
- Dress in multiple layers of loose fitting clothes.
- Continuously drink water, in cold temperatures we do not feel as thirsty which makes us more prone to drinking less and we can become dehydrated.
- Always wear a hat.
- Make sure you stretch daily.
- Stay inside – arrange for someone to pick up groceries and medications.
- Wear shoes with non-skid soles.
- Put new treads on the bottom of your walker or cane.
Build a Network
- Make sure you are always in contact with friends or relatives. Schedule calls or hire help for a few hours a week.
- Make arrangements for emergency situations.
- Make sure you have non-perishables and a water supply for 3 days, in case of power outages. You should also have a few days-worth of medication, a flashlight, a weather radio, extra batteries, and first-aid essentials.
Winter can be unpredictable, hopefully these tips can help you prepare for anything!
– Georgetown Home Care