Keeping your loved one safe this winter
Winter is an especially dangerous time for the elderly. Snow and ice can make getting around difficult, the cold weather can bring on a litany of health problems, and social isolation is more prevalent than at any other time of year.
Having a plan in place to keep your loved one healthy, happy, and warm is incredibly vital. Often times, families visit mom and dad and realize that there are problems that need to be addressed. That's why we've put together a list of suggestions to keep your loved one safe all winter long:
Shovel/salt all pathways around your loved one's home to prevent accidental trips and falls when they leave their home.
Keep plenty of warm clothes, blankets, and extra coats in an easily accessible place. Make sure your loved one has comfortable, flat shoes with extra traction for improved stability while traveling.
Have a professional check your loved one's heating or HVAC system to ensure that it is functioning properly. Seniors are more susceptible to cold temperatures, so this is one issue that MUST be addressed.
Make sure to check in with your loved one regularly. Winter depression affects many elderly people; social contact is the best way to fight the winter blues.
Note any appointments or engagements, and confirm that you have rides coordinated for them if necessary.
In case your loved one isn't able to make it to the store, purchase some canned goods and non-perishables so they always have food on hand.
If you're worried about your loved one this winter, call ComForCare Portland today at (971) 801-7606.
ComForCare Home Care
10580 SW McDonald St., Ste. 202
Tigard OR 97224