Winter Safety Tips for Seniors
Sleet, rain, snow – winter really does bring the very harshest of weather conditions directly to our doorstep.
Making it through the season can be a challenge for many that enjoy the great outdoors, as freezing temperatures and howling winds can turn a simple walk to the park into an excursion to the South Pole.
Still, it’s only for three months of the year that we have to suffer, and the good news is that we’re already halfway through. January marks the peak of Winter’s powers, so if seniors in home care in Tacoma WA can make it through the next few weeks unscathed, they’ve got half a year of rising temperatures to be excited about.
To help them make sure they welcome in spring in tip-top condition, we’ve compiled a list of three basic safety points that seniors should have to follow over the coming weeks, below:
Wear Appropriate Footwear
As the seasons change, so should your footwear. Well-worn sneakers, despite their comfort, are rarely capable of providing the required grip needed to walk safely at this time of year.
Instead, seniors should be looking to wear a suitable walking boot that comes with an anti-slip rubber sole. The boots also provide ankle support & are often waterproof, making them perfect for walking through snow.
Stay Clear of Anyone That is ill
A common cold is passed on through tiny droplets that spread through the air when a sick person coughs, sneezes or blows their nose.
If any of the droplets come into contact with a person’s eyes, nose or mouth, then they can become infected by the illness.
We’re all well aware that a senior’s immune system isn’t as strong in their older age, so a bout of flu or even just a nasty cough can leave them bed-ridden for a number of days.
While this point is obviously difficult to manage, it’s advisable for a caregiver or family member to try to educate visitors of a senior so that they don’t pass on any illnesses unwittingly.
Research recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that sitting down for too long makes the blood flow slower around the body and makes the muscles burn less fat. As a result, it becomes easier for fatty acids to clog up the arteries, which can put seniors at risk of a stroke or heart attack.
Keeping active during the winter can be a challenge due to the weather, but there are a number of workarounds that can help keep a senior physically healthy. Doing laps of the living room or stairs, for example, for just 15 minutes of the day can help to increase muscle strength in the legs and keep the heart healthy.