Winter Safety Tips for Seniors
Winter is undoubtedly the most challenging time of year for seniors in home care in Jenkintown PA, as the weather conditions create a number of obstacles that they will have to overcome to remain happy and healthy.
From preventing the spread of winter bugs to quickly dealing with the effects of isolation, one of the best ways to stay healthy over the winter is prevention. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick list of safety tips for seniors to implement into their daily routine, below:
Get Your Flu Shot
Once caught, the flu virus can be hard for seniors to shake. It can lead to days on end in bed and lead to several medical complications if not treated quickly.
A flu shot, therefore, is an essential defense tool against fighting the disease. A study in 2014 by the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators (PALISI) Network found those that were over the age of 50 that took vaccine reduced the chances of them ending up in hospital from the virus by 57%. Every year the vaccine is updated to help seniors combat the latest strands of the virus, so if you know someone that is still without, act now before it’s too late.
Don’t Become Isolated
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of winter depression that affects millions of Americans each year. It is related to the shorter days and colder weather conditions that often lead a person to spend more time indoors.
If the symptoms become extremely severe, a person will be unlikely to want to wash or get out of bed.
The only real way to combat the illness during the winter is to become socially active, joining hobby groups or taking up a volunteering position. Both will give a senior the chance to get outside of the house and to make new friends. The feeling of self-worth that this will provide them will be the greatest medicine of all.
Turn Down the Central Heating
Yes, you’ve heard me right, it’s time to turn down the central heating in a senior’s home to more appropriate levels.
Why? When we leave the confines of a very warm home and go out into the freezing temperatures, the contrast can cause our small blood vessels to temporarily spasm, making the brain drain the blood from our extremities. This then results in our hands and feet becoming even colder than they should be, sometimes even leading to pain.