Short of hibernation, it’s hard to avoid the winter weather that lies ahead. While tumbling temperatures and a wintry mix of precipitation can be rough on everyone, seniors face unique challenges. What can you do to help your mom or dad stay safe and warm during cold weather?
Cold Weather Health and Safety
Consider these three helpful tips:
- Help Them Avoid Slips and Falls. Spills on snow and ice are a major threat to senior health. From injuries resulting from the accident to complications that may follow, slips and falls can have dire complications. Make sure your loved one has solid shoes with non-skid soles. If Mom or Dad uses a cane, trading a worn cane tip for a new one could provide an added measure of slip-proof security.
- Make Sure They Bundle Up. Seniors are particularly susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. According to the CDC, people over the age of 65 account for 52 percent of all hypothermia-related deaths. A heavy coat, wool socks and outerwear accessories are a must. When temperatures drop to extreme lows, all exposed skin should be covered and a scarf should be used to protect the lungs from harsh air.
- Prepare for the Storm. It just makes sense to be prepared for power outages in the winter. Stock up on flashlights, a battery-powered radio, warm blankets, non-perishable foods and bottled water to make it through several days without power. For a comprehensive list of emergency supplies, you can consult the CDC’s Winter Weather Checklist.
One way to help your loved ones avoid almost all winter-weather concerns is to consider a move to senior living. Communities like Vista Grande Villa offer exceptional living under one roof, so residents don’t have to risk slips and falls or worry about storm preparation. And they could actually leave their coat behind.
Consider a Winter Retreat at Vista Grande Villa! It’s a short-term stay just for the winter, with complete access to all the services and amenities Vista Grande Villa offers—including safety and social activities, but with no long-term commitment. Contact us to learn more.