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Winter Safety for Seniors


Elder care in Boyne City, MI. Winter time is coming soon and can bring many challenges for Seniors (especially in Michigan), but proper awareness and planning can help minimize these and help Seniors stay healthy and safe.

It is important to dress for warmth when going outside. Dress in layers. Wear warm socks, a heavy cat, a warm hat, gloves and a scarf if going outdoors. Inside, don’t let temperatures go too low. Keep heat set at 65 or higher. Fireplaces, heaters, and lanterns can cause carbon monoxide poisoning so make sure to check the batteries on your carbon monoxide detector (or purchase one if needed).

Be careful outside to prevent slipping on the ice. Falls are a common occurrence for Seniors and can cause major injuries such as hip fractures, head trauma and major lacerations. Having someone assist an elder when walking outside, such as a caregiver, can help prevent slipping. Make sure to wear shoes with good traction and stay inside until the roads are clear.

If still driving, seniors need to have their vehicles checked and serviced before the winter months. Check the oil, tires, battery and wipers to make sure they are safe on the roads this winter.

While fresh foods can be hard to find in the winter months, it is important to eat a varied diet as much as possible. A family member or caregiver can make sure that elders have healthy groceries and are eating proper amounts. Vitamin D deficiency can become a problem so it is important to eat foods high in Vitamin D, and supplement with vitamins if needed.

Most importantly, ask for help from family members and/or caregivers during the winter months. Ask for rides to the grocery store and appointments and ask for help with snow removal.

If you or someone you know needs help with elderly care services in Northern Michigan including Petoskey, Charlevoix, East Jordan, Boyne City, Harbor Springs and surrounding communities, contact 1Senior Home Care Inc. We provide quality and affordable home care services in our community. Call us at (231) 547-5818 or email carolinev@1seniorhomecare.com for more information. www.1seniorhomecare.com

References:

Care.com. 7 Winter Safety Tips for Seniors. https://www.care.com/a/7-winter-safety-tips-for-seniors-1212110232

Cold Weather Safety Tips for Seniors. http://adesteinhomecare.com/colorado-senior-care/2010/12/cold-weather-safety-for-seniors/


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