Seven Tips for Winter Survival
Winter can be tough. The wind is howling. The snow is blowing. It’s too cold to go outside. You miss those warm summer breezes. How do you plan to survive until spring?
Feel warm, be warm. Start by dressing for the weather. Seniors are at risk for hypothermia, so be sure to stay warm. Dress in layers and when you head outside
Check the car. Before winter gets
Fight the winter blues. Winter can be an isolating time for seniors. If you don’t have regularly scheduled activities to keep you busy, consider companion care services from Visiting Angels. Our elder care providers can stop in regularly to help you run errands, prepare meals, help with the housekeeping, play games, or just have a friendly conversation. Friendly companionship makes the day fly by.
Home heating safety. Heating your home is essential; be sure you do it safely to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. If you use a fireplace, have your chimney and flues checked. Have your furnace checked yearly. Check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If you use a kerosene stove, open a window slightly to dissipate fumes. Use space heaters with caution and always at least 3 feet away from curtains, bedding or furniture that might burn.
Stay active. One of the best ways to avoid the winter blues is to stay active. You can exercise by walking around your apartment building, at the local mall, health club, or, if the weather permits, outside.
If you are worried about not being able to get out and about this winter, call Visiting Angels today for home care services. Our home care services can help you live safely and independently throughout the winter.