Winter Safety Tips for Seniors
Prepare your loved ones for the challenges of New England weather.
Avoid ice – Falls are a common occurrence for seniors, and increases during the winter months which can lead to hip and wrist fractures and head trauma. Wear shoes with good traction and if possible, stay inside until walk ways and roads are clear.
Dress warm – Layer up and cover all exposed skin. As your loved ones age, their skin becomes more sensitive to conditions such as frostbite and hypothermia.
Fight depression – Help them avoid loneliness and isolation by calling on a regular basis and checking in. For seniors living on their own, the short days and snowy weather may make it difficult to get out and socialize.
Prepare for power outages – Make sure your loved one is stocked up on the essentials such as warm clothing, water, blankets and flashlights. Set a reminder for yourself to check in on them in the instance of a power outage and stop by to check on perishable foods once the power kicks back in.
Get your vitamins – With the shorter days and more time spent indoors, seniors can experience a lack of nutrients, especially Vitamin D. Make sure they are eating a balanced diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables.
The best way to avoid cold weather disaster is to make sure your loved one is well taken care of and living in a place offering snow maintenance. The residents at Geer get to enjoy their winter worry free. Full time residents have spacious apartments, restaurant-style dining, transportation and daily activities, plus an adjoining YMCA to exercise. Beauty and barber services are offered on site and residents can mingle in the movie theatre or watch the snow fall on the four season porch. Full maintenance and an emergency call system will give you the peace of mind that your loved one is well taken care and truly enjoying their senior living.
Call Geer Village now at 860-824-2600 with questions and to schedule a tour.