Oct 30, 2017 by Lisa Carson RN, BSN
Now that the warm summer days are behind us in Lubbock, TX, it’s time for older adults to prepare for the cooler months ahead. Assisted living care at home can be a big help to seniors who live alone. With assistance from an in home caregiver, your senior loved one can obtain help with personal care tasks like bathing, dressing and toileting, as well as companionship services during these colder months ahead, when seniors are less likely to leave home.
The following are assisted living care at home tips that can help senior citizens stay safe and comfortable all winter long:
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.
All too often, senior citizens slip and fall on roads and sidewalks that are wet or uneven. 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 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 can keep a senior safe from wet ground.
While dressing warm during the winter may seem obvious, too many seniors fail to do so and suffer from common colds a result. To prevent more serious health conditions, older adults should always wear a thick jacket 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 to get from point A to point B in the winter, many older adults stay away from social activities and spend a significant amount of time at home during the winter months. When they do so, they often face feelings and isolation.
In order to avoid winter depression, older adults should arrange a daily check in with a trustworthy family member or friend, search for dependable transportation options, and make it a priority to stay informed on family outings and other social activities.
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.
Assisted living care at home can help keep seniors in Lubbock, TX and the surrounding areas safe, happy and healthy at home this winter.