Winter months bring out the beauty of nature at its best! Magnificent snowfall and the dazzling icy regions are too irresistible for the eyes! But, the season is indeed unpredictable. You never know when the storm hits the city and each of your travel options gets hampered.
Apart from the regular commuting issues, winters can be inimical for elderly. Seniors and people with disabilities are particularly vulnerable during severe winter weather and require special care while walking on the roads and performing the daily routine.
Listed below are few essential winter care tips to ensure elders safety :-
1. Precaution from Slipping
Icy, snowy roads and sidewalks make it easier to slip and fall leading to major injuries such as hip and wrist fractures, head trauma and major lacerations. While younger people tend to recover relatively quickly from such injuries, older adults face complications which is the leading cause of death from injury in men and women over the age of 65. As older adults need medications on daily basis, buy medicine online from an online medical store, make a decent stock at home till the weather is suitable to move outside.
2. Footwear Selection
Make sure the elders wear shoes with good traction and nonskid soles and stay inside until the roads are clear enough to walk properly. Replace a worn cane tip to making walking easier for them. Take off the shoes on returning home as often the snow and ice attach to the soles and once melted can lead to slippery conditions inside the sole.
3. Cover Well
While this may seem an obvious advice but, it undoubtedly plays a vital role in prospecting for severe body temperature drop conditions like hypothermia. More than half of hypothermia deaths were of people over the age of 65, keep your family secured with protection medications in case of an emergency, order from an online pharmacy and keep them handy. Stay indoors as much as possible, wear warm socks and cover the face with a scarf, do not forget to keep the chest warm as the chilly weather may affect the lungs.
4. Check the Car
Driving can be hazardous for older people who do not have their reflexes much active as they had in the younger days. Check the car servicing properly, see if the tires are fine, properly oiled and the battery and wipes are working well for wintertime drives.
5. Eat Right
Because people spend more time indoors and may eat a smaller variety of foods, nutritional deficits — especially Vitamin D deficiency — can be a problem. Consume foods that are fortified with Vitamin D, such as milk, grains and seafood options like tuna and salmon.
Apart from every safety measure to be taken do not forget to keep yourself healthy, winters often make us forget the need of water. Have at least 8 glasses a day, it’s better if that can be Luke warm. Keep the daily mediation stock handy and stored so that, nobody needs to step out in the chills. Keep yourself updated with the storm warnings and anything which can hamper commuting. Also, take a home healthcare medical plan for emergency services. Ask your service provider to get a policy inclusion for home health care. Keep complete safety during winters and stay healthy!