Senior Care in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.
Though the wintry weather can be a delight for children of all ages, it does present its own set of challenges and precautions that the elderly must take. With the beautiful snow come icy roads and treacherous conditions.
Although anyone who is unprepared can be badly affected, older people are particularly at risk for hypothermia, frostbite, injury from shoveling snow, falls, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning, and accidents while driving.
Seniors and the elderly should do their best to stay indoors during any snowfall, but if you must venture outside, follow these tips from the experts at The Perfect Home Care.
- Dress in Layers: the elderly can be especially prone to illnesses related to cold weather. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, over half of all hypothermia-related deaths were in people over the age of 65. Make sure to regulate the temperature of your home, and if you must go out in the cold weather, bundle up appropriately.
- Walking and not Falling: snow and ice bring slippery and dangerous roads and sidewalks. While you are most safe in the comfort of your home, be sure to wear suitable boots and footwear. If you use a cane or walker, ensure that the rubber tips on the bottom are new, and not worn out.
- Prepare for Possible Power Outages: the weight of snow can cause trees and power lines to collapse, resulting in possible power outages. Prepare for these scenarios in the days leading up to a storm. Have in an easy to reach spot an emergency kit consisting of a battery powered radio, flashlights, first aid kit, blankets and sufficient food and water. Plan on an emergency house or shelter to go to in case conditions deteriorate and it is not safe to remain in your own home. Have important phone numbers within easy reach, so you can contact your children or grandchildren for help.
- Winter Driving: people over age 65 are involved in more car accidents per mile driven than those in nearly all other age groups, according to the American Automobile Association. Driving in the snow can be especially hazardous. Ensure that your car is equipped for snowy weather, always take a cell phone with you and stock your car with the same type of emergency kit you should have in your home. The safest place you can be is your home, but use these tips if you must drive.
While these tips may make the wintry weather seem more depressing and difficult than enjoyable, that does not have to be the case. Use snowy weather as a time to reconnect with family and children, who delight in playing in the snow. Watch from the comfort of your window as your lovely grandchildren take pleasure in building their own Frosty the Snowman.
If you or an aging loved one are looking for senior care in Sleepy Hollow, NY, call the friendly staff at The Perfect Home Care at (855) 855-5728. Call today!
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