Winter is here, and that means it’s time to make sure your senior loved ones are safe and sound.
According to the National Safety Council, “one in three seniors [in the US] falls each year, resulting in more than 28,000 deaths.” That’s a lot of people—and a lot of preventable accidents!
Queen City Elder Care is here to provide some tips for keeping your senior loved ones safe this winter:
- Keep an eye on them. If you live with or are close to a senior who lives alone, make sure they’re getting enough exercise and going out regularly. This will help them stay active and healthy all winter long. If that is not possible, consider hiring an in-home caregiver.
- Make sure they have timers on their lights so they don’t forget to turn them off when they leave the room.
- Check with their doctor about any new medications or supplements they may have started taking recently—it could be causing side effects that would make them unsafe in a bad weather situation (like loss of balance or confusion).
- Insulate pipes and faucets: Insulation around pipes can help prevent them from freezing, which can cause a leak that could lead to water damage or flooding.
- Clear the walkway: Make sure there isn’t any snow or ice on the walkway leading up to your loved one’s home so that they won’t slip on it when they go outside for a walk or errand run.
- Check smoke alarms: Smoke alarms are essential during the winter months because they can alert you if something goes wrong inside your home during inclement weather conditions when you’re unable to see from afar due to foggy windows or low visibility due to snowfall.
- Use caution near fireplaces: Fireplaces can be dangerous during cold weather months because they generate heat which causes oxygen levels in the house to drop below normal levels causing hypoxia (low oxygen level). If someone is sitting too close to an active fireplace then they may become dizzy or pass out due to low oxygen levels causing them not be able to get up off the couch if their legs don’t work anymore
If you or your loved one needs extra help at home in the winter in the greater Cincinnati, OH area, contact Queen City Elder Care today!