Oct 26, 2017 by Erin Couchell
It is important for seniors to transition well through the season. Particularly important is the transition from fall to winter and older adults have to take special measures to make sure they are ready and their life can continue unaffected despite the drop in temperature and other challenges posed by the winter months such as ice and snow.
Some seniors who have experienced a decline in overall abilities or are recovering from an operation, major medical event or a lengthy hospitalization, may need help getting through the winter. If you believe your loved one may be one of these seniors, it is important to start a conversation about adult home care as soon as possible for them while the weather is still relatively good. With adult home care, your loved one can transition safely into the winter months and not have to make major adjustments to their current lifestyle.
Often, seniors who are facing challenges in mobility or are having a hard time keeping up with the demands of their chronic conditions will retreat from their social life. Aware of the fact that it is not safe for them to venture out in the cold and icy weather on their own, your loved one may start skipping social engagements and spending time with the family and this can have a massive impact on their overall quality of life. It could also mean changes to their health and can impact their mental stability.
Many seniors develop Seasonal Affective Disorder as they start seeing changes in their mobility. As loneliness and depression already plague the senior community, this can set some seniors over the edge and mean a serious decrease in overall satisfaction with their life. Before this happens, it is a good idea to speak with your loved one about how adult home care can make a difference in their life.
Adult home care professionals can help your loved one stay safe during the winter months and go on with their lives as usual. Caregivers will make sure your loved one is wearing appropriate footwear and dressing warmly when going outside. This will not only prevent slips and falls and unnecessary emergency room visits, but also serious conditions such as frostbite.
Eating a nutritious diet is very important for seniors during the winter months. Foods fortified with vitamin D are of particular importance. Eating nutrient-rich foods help maintain a strong immune system for seniors, warding off the likelihood of colds and flus developing into more serious illnesses.