Senior safety during the winter months takes a bit more planning than during the rest of the year. There are a few things you can do, however, to ensure the winter safety that will have you staying cozy and happy as you settle in on long winter nights. Here are just a few of the most important steps you can take. In addition to these, make sure you maintain a healthy eating routine and don’t get lax on regular activity. Get together with at least one other person and make it a point to check on each other daily or every other day. In addition to these things, consider the following to help keep yourself or your loved one safe this winter.
Staying healthy is essential for senior safety during the winter and any other season. This may be the best time to get a wellness check with your doctor. Ask about getting a flu shot and inquire about the need for a pneumonia vaccine. With the sun disappearing early, consider adding a Vitamin C and Vitamin D supplement to your daily routine. Winter months often see appetites dwindling, so don’t forget to get nutritious meals daily. If you don’t already take advantage of the free delivery options offered by many drug stores, now might be the time to check into it. Having your medications delivered to you can prevent having to go out during severe weather.
If you don’t live somewhere with regular maintenance, set up an appointment to have your furnace and chimney checked, cleaned, and serviced. This will help prevent toxic fumes or the chance of a fire. While you are at it, check the batteries in all smoke alarms, and if you don’t have one, consider installing a carbon monoxide alarm. If you use a space heater, make sure it has been checked for safety and that it is located in a place where it won’t accidentally get knocked over. If it has a safety shut-off, that is even better.
Don’t Drive Needlessly
Don’t take unnecessary trips in the car during icy or extra snowy weather. Carry an emergency kit with you in your car at all times and make sure you always have a charged cell phone with you when you do wander out. Winter safety surrounding your car is one of the most important things you can do, so make sure you have all your maintenance up to date and the appropriate tires in case you do venture out.
Make sure you bundle up when you go out. Dressing in layers will help you retain heat. Don’t forget a hat, scarf, and gloves. Even if you think you are only going to be going between home and the car, you need to be prepared if you are outside longer than planned. Consider ice grips for your boots to help avoid falls. Know the signs of hypothermia and frostbite and avoid them if possible. If there are weather advisories in place, stay home. Any errands can wait.
A Caring Community
Senior safety can be easier when you or your loved one lives in a community of other seniors. At Northfield, our residents maintain their freedom yet benefit from amenities such as three meals a day, medication reminders, on-site laundry, and housekeeping. We have a wheelchair-accessible bus available, and our activities director plans activities and outings that our residents can take advantage of. You get some of the freedom from responsibility while still enjoying your independence. If you are looking for a safe community environment for yourself ora loved one, call us today at 844.334.1490 to tour our apartments and see for yourself.