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Halloween is just one week away! Preparing for the annual celebration of ghoulish creatures and spooky decorations can be a lot of fun. Especially if you have children, Halloween is a pretty exciting time. Trick or treating, of course, is a big part of the festivities. Senior citizens, however, aren’t usually the trick or treating type. They enjoy treats of a different variety.

In this week’s blog, the Advantage Home Health Solutions team thought it would be wise to remind you of some of the best ways to treat seniors to safe and comfortable living situations.

Be sure to have their medications handy.

A colleague of ours recently told us a story about when he was a child and away at summer camp. The rule of thumb, at this particular camp, was to keep all of the children’s medication in one cabin with one camp counsellor. As it turns out, our colleague suffered an asthma attack one evening and his medication was nowhere nearby. The time it took for him to finally receive his inhaler could have cost him his life.

The moral of the story? Always have necessary medication readily available. This couldn’t be any more important for senior citizens. In fact, as Generation Solutions suggests, you should employ the use of medication distribution tools to remind your elderly loved one of the medications he/she must take each day.

“As we age, we tend to depend more on medications to keep us healthy and prevent illness,” they point out on their website, “Although it may feel overwhelming to remember daily pills, you can remove the stress of forgetting an important dose by using medication carousels and pill planners. These distribution tools help lay out the days, weeks, and months so that you, or your loved one, know exactly what needs to be taken and when.”

During the autumn and winter seasons, warmth is essential.

It goes without saying that we all need to bundle up during the colder months of the year. No Albertan needs to be reminded of that. Even with our regularly fluctuating temperatures, we have to prepare for the cold every day. Naturally, frigid temperatures can impact the health of a senior in a more aggressive manner than the rest of us. Unlimited Care Cottages reminds us to take extra steps to keep your elderly loved one warm over the months to come.

“For the elderly that are living by themselves may want to have a professional to check their heating systems,” says their website, “Even for those who reside in assisted living communities, now is an excellent time to grab a space heater or even two for those who feel cold. Never leave them unsupervised. Place at least 3 ft. between the heater and walls or curtains.”

At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we consider it to be a huge part of our mandate to offer solutions that keep seniors safe. For more information about the mobility solutions offered by Advantage Home Health Solutions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 403-460-5438. You may also email us by filling out the form on our Contact page!