Tips on Caregiving

How to keep our senior loved one safe this Winter

How to care for the elderly during the winter months?

We in Houston, Missouri City, Stafford, Fort Bend, Harris county and the surrounding areas, thinks of winter as very mild. However, with changing and fluctuating weather in our area life may get challenging for everyone especially for our seniors. Slippery sidewalks and cold weather can cause falls and wide range of illness. While younger people often recover relatively quickly from falls, older adults face many complications. This is the time where family, friends, and caregivers should check in and provide some guidance or help for the elderly. Here are some suggestions:

1)      Do some advance planning, know the weather in your area. With the assistance of search engines, smart phone apps, television, and other devices one can access weather forecast for the next five, seven, or ten days. You may need to assist the elderly to access weather reports.

2)      If mobility is an issue during cold weather, plan on stocking up some groceries and supplies. If one have to go outside, avoid slipping, wear shoes with good traction and non-skid soles. Replace cane tips if they are worn out. Take shoes off as you return indoors.

3)      Adjust the temperature. According to the National Institute of Aging, the heat should be set at 69 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

4)      Dress for the cold weather, including socks even if you are staying indoors. Wear layers of clothing, if you are stepping outside wear a jacket, gloves, ear muffs, scarf, etc.

5)      Drink water. With the dry heat indoors, keep yourself hydrated.

6)      Fight the winter blues. Keep in contact with family, friend, and caregivers.

7)      The winter weather also brings dry and itchy skin. Use lotions, moisturizers, creams etc.

For additional details and tips visit National Institute of aging @

https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/cold-weather-safety-older-adults

https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/skin-care-and-aging

How can Visiting Angels of Stafford, Texas help during the winter months?

Being independent and elderly can pose challenges. It may be intimidating and difficult for the elderly to ask help. Mom and Dad maybe worried about asking help because of a few reasons:

·         They may not have needed it in the past.

·         Elderly parents may think that adult children or family will start discussing about moving them to a retirement home.

·         They may not want to bother their adult children.

·         If you never needed help, how do you ask for it?

These are just a few reasons and there could be many more. When you see Mom and Dad slowing down it maybe time to get some additional help such as companion care. Visiting Angels of Stafford, Texas provides companion care. Our caregivers can provide the additional help with meal preparation, grooming assistance, companionship, light house keeping, and medication reminders. Our companion care is based on your loved one’s need. We are flexible and can provide the necessary care for a day, few hours, month or as needed. Call us today @ 281-969-8576

 

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