Every season has it’s own unique set of challenges, especially when it comes to safety. Although we don’t experience ice, snow or chilly temperatures very often here in Arizona, there are still several precautions you can take to avoid injuries and illnesses, especially among us older folks.
With a little bit of preparation, you can help keep your loved one safe during the winter months.
Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind.
- Be sure to use salt or sand when appropriate to limit slippery surfaces.
- Limit the amount of ice and snow on your property. If you don’t live close by or have trouble keeping up with these needs, consider hiring a groundskeeper or snow removal company to help you.
- Be sure your loved one is outfitted with boots or waterproof, closed-toe footwear with good traction when outside.
- If your loved one uses a cane or walker, be sure to keep the sidewalks and steps clear of ice and snow. You should also provide them with an ice grip to minimize slippage on their cane or walker.
- Avoid icy areas if possible. If your loved one does slip and fall, let them know they should lay flat with your face down rather than try to get up by themselves.
- Keep your loved one hydrated. When it’s chilly outside, most people don’t feel like drinking as much water as normal. However, staying hydrated will help your loved one’s body function as it should. Utilizing customized home care services can help ensure that your loved one stays healthy.
- Keep an eye on the temperature. If you can see your breath, make sure to minimize any prolonged outdoor exposure with your loved one.
- Remind your loved one to avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages that can lead to dehydration.
- Establish an emergency plan. If you or your loved one live in an area that is prone to severe winter weather, it’s important to have a plan in place in case of an emergency. Customized home care services can give you peace of mind and provide support in the event of an emergency.
- Ready their home for the unexpected. Make sure to have a list of emergency phone numbers on hand. Always install a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector in the home and check it on a monthly basis.
As a caregiver, you want to take every possible preventive step in order to keep your loved one safe. During the winter, customized home care services can ensure you don’t miss any important steps and that you obtain the support both you and your loved one deserve. To learn more, please contact us today.