The fall has definitely arrived. Here in Calgary, that means that temperatures can already dip below zero on any given day. Unfortunately, the winter will be here faster than we know it. As a result, we all must prepare to keep as warm as possible.
This goes double for our elderly loved ones. Naturally, they are more susceptible to the ill health effects brought on by the cold. What should be done to keep seniors warm in the months to come?
This is a no-brainer, isn’t it? Then again, we’re always surprised to see people walking the streets without jackets, gloves and toques in the wintertime. Please don’t let this be a habit you pass on to your elderly loved ones. Keeping them bundled up when they venture outdoors is imperative. Be sure to pay close attention to daily weather reports and dress appropriately when going outside.
“Wearing more layers is essential during the winter months for seniors,” insists EasyClimber.com, “Start with a basic layer made of fabric such as wool, polyester, or flannel to help wick away moisture. This will keep you dry, and ultimately warm, as wet clothes do little to help with warmth.”
Keep your house warm.
This also may sound like an obvious tip. However, many Canadians fear the large heating bills that often come with turning the temperature up on cold days. If you live with an elderly loved one, it’s wise to not skimp on the heating bill. Another way to help keep the inside of your home warm is to keep the blinds closed. According to Dominique Curtin on HomeCare.com, this helps to contain the heat.
“It may be worth it to do some extra preventative protection around windows and doors through caulking,” she adds, “Make sure the thermostat stays between 68-70 degrees Fahrenheit (20-21 degrees Celcius) to keep warm conditions inside your house. It could be helpful to store light weight blankets around, to cover your loved one if they still feel chilly.”
Eat nutritious foods.
Most of us don’t have to be reminded of how satisfying a bowl of hot soup can be during the wintertime. As well, cups of hot chocolate are cold weather staples. It’s important, however, to remember to keep your meals healthy, as well as warm. According to EasyClimber.com, eating healthy foods helps seniors to stay warm during the winter.
“Due to aging, medications, or pre-existing health issues, some seniors may struggle with eating well,” the site alerts us, “Loss of appetite can occur because of these factors. However, it’s important to keep yourself well fed during the colder months to ensure your body has all the nutrients it needs to maintain a healthy immune system.”
At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we’d love to do our part in keeping your elderly loved one safe all throughout the coldest months of the year! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any of your questions and concerns. Learn all about our accessibility and mobility solutions by giving us a call at 403-460-5438. You may also email us by filling out the form on our Contact page!