Nov 30, 2018 by Shannon Meller
As the temperature starts to drop outdoors, seniors do run a risk of injuries and health problems that may be related to the weather. It is important that your loved one and their home care provider pay special attention and take precautions to help keep them as safe as possible. Below, your loved one’s home care provider will discuss some of the winter risks.
Lung spasms often occur in seniors who do have respiratory conditions including both COPD and asthma. Seniors can be sensitive to the air outside, especially when it is cold, and this is when the spasms occur. Often, home care provider teams recommend seniors wear ski masks or other protective equipment to prevent the cold air from getting in their lungs.
Winter depression is another common problem that occurs in the winter. Everything does start to feel worse and the cold air can exacerbate medical conditions. Vitamin D can help keep your senior’s mind free from depression. Some foods that contain vitamin D include salmon, tuna, milk, and grains.
Influenza can result in hospitalization and death along with complicated medical conditions such as pneumonia. Flu vaccines are not 100% the answer but they can help prevent the symptoms and ward off serious complications. Home care provider teams recommend any senior over 65 receive their flu shot.
Comfort Keepers is committed to making sure your loved one is as safe and comfortable as possible throughout the winter months. Seniors should make sure they stay dry and stay indoors during the winter, but when they must head outside, they should bundle up and wear multiple layers to protect themselves. Comfort Keepers is here to help you and if you would like to learn more about our services or how we can help your loved one this winter, call our office at your convenience.