Cold weather forecast

More cold weather is forecast as winter is definitely not over yet. We have listed a few safety tips for seniors and their loved ones to consider.

In our picture our office dog Bess likes the snow, the young see snow and immediately think of building snowmen and sledging but it is a different first reaction if you are older! Cold weather can be a great worry to older people as it poses many health risks and the fear of falling on icy paths. Our CAREGivers are there to help their clients and will try and ensure they are as comfortable as possible, wearing the correct clothing, doing any cooking, shopping and so on as required.

Here are a few tips for cold weather and the risks it poses that you can consider remembering that we are here to help and that most of these tasks can be aided by a CAREGiver:

Staying Warm

· Wear several thin layers of clothes, instead of one thick layer. The warmth from your body is trapped in air pockets formed between each layer.
· Keep a throw or blanket handy to cover your feet or shoulders. A fleece material is particularly effective as it is incredibly warm but lightweight and less bulky than other materials.
· Wear fleece slippers around the house to keep your feet warm.
· If you can’t heat all your rooms, make sure you keep your living room warm and heat your bedroom before going to bed.
· Close curtains to keep draughts out and keep doors closed between each room.
· Eat at least one hot meal a day. Soup is warming, extremely nutritious and inexpensive to make. Porridge is a good way to start the day, you could ask your CAREGiver to make you some.
· It is important to be prepared in case of an emergency. Make arrangements for assistance in case of a power outage. Keep important numbers in an emergency kit, along with non-perishable foods, water and medications. If you do not have this information to hand maybe a family member could make you a schedule and have it pinned up somewhere really handy.
· If you are cold at night try sleeping in socks, go to bed with a hot water bottle.
· If you are heading outside wrap up warm, with special attention to your head, fingers and mouth.
· Be sure to keep in contact with friends and family, whether it’s a phone call or via the internet. We have a few clients using FaceBook portal, KOMP and other such internet-based technologies.

Preventing Falls

· Take a couple of minutes each day to stretch your limbs to loosen muscles.
· Stay inside – make arrangements for someone to shovel and salt your driveways and walkways nearby.
· Wear shoes or boots with a non-skid sole.
· If you use a cane or walker, check the rubber tips to make sure they are not worn smooth.

I hope these tips have been useful and remember you can always contact me if you feel our team can help you more.

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