How Seniors Can Stay Safe During the Winter with at Home Care
At home care can help your loved one prepare for the winter in McKinney, Plano, Allen, Frisco and surrounding Texas communities
Many people in McKinney, Allen, Plano, Frisco and surrounding communities in Texas enjoy the winter season. For older adults, on the other hand, the winter months may prove to be a minefield of dangers peeking out from everywhere. Although snowfall isn’t much of an issue in the area, there are still risks associated with increased rainfall, high winds and cold temperatures. As an at home care company, Visiting Angels has helped many older adults get through the harsh winter weather. That is why we wanted to share some tips about what we have learned along the way.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when it comes to the winter is that seniors need to dress for the weather. This is because older adults have trouble regulating their body temperature and it tends to be much lower than that of their younger counterparts. This means that if your senior loved one is not dressed well when they go outside, their body temperature can drop very rapidly, which can lead to health risks. Making sure your loved one is aware of the temperature outside and dressed for the weather can make a massive difference in their life.
Be Aware of Slippery Walkways
The second most important thing is making sure your loved one's walkways and driveway are cleared of ice if they are going outside. Fall prevention is more important than ever in the winter. Preventing falls is a major part of our professional at home care services and there is a reason for that. Falls are one of the major reasons seniors end up visiting the emergency room, and, as you know, emergency room visits are never a pleasant experience. For seniors, they can also prove dangerous at worst and stressful at best. It goes without saying that helping your loved one avoid falls can massively improve their quality of life.
Pay Attention to Weather Forecasts
Make sure your loved one knows what to expect throughout the day weather-wise. Keep them updated on weather conditions throughout the day, including outside temperatures, wind speeds, chances of precipitation and anything else you think could impact your loved one’s day.
Make Vitamin and Supplement Reminders
Another way to reduce the impact of a fall is making sure your loved one’s bones are strong. Make sure they take any vitamins or supplements they need to stay healthy.
Be Prepared for Emergencies
Having an emergency plan is an easy way to make sure you are ready for anything. Many seniors and their loved ones avoid making plans because they think it is unpleasant to think about. However, accidents happen and having an emergency plan in place can really make things much easier in tough situations.
Additionally, it’s also a good idea to consider professional at home care from Visiting Angels of McKinney. In addition to helping your loved one around the house with tasks that can be more difficult during the winter season, we can also fall-proof their home and educate them on avoiding falls.
If you would like to discuss winter readiness for seniors or at home care in general, do not hesitate to call our McKinney, TX office.