Tips for How Seniors Can Stay Safe During the Winter Months

Tips for How Seniors Can Stay Safe During the Winter Months | Independent Living CommunityIce and snow can lead to dangerous conditions during the winter months.

Slips and falls among the elderly increases substantially between November and February. 

Staying inside when conditions are icy and cold is always the best plan, however, sometimes this is not possible.

The most significant danger facing seniors during the winter is hypothermia, as sluggish metabolism and circulation make them more vulnerable.

Caregivers should make a point always to have the thermostat set to 68 degrees or above.Inline image 1

Staying Safe Throughout Winter

When outdoors, prevent heat loss by making sure that your loved ones are dressed in a warm hat, scarf, and gloves or mittens. Have them choose a good pair of winter boots for stability and warmth.

Caregivers should pay particular attention to their loved one’s skin, as dry indoor air and cold outdoor conditions can cause irritation and chapping.

The following suggestions may be helpful for staying safe throughout the winter.

Assistive Devices

When needed and appropriate, use devices such as canes and walkers and keep an eye out for icy patches.

If conditions appear to be slippery or dangerous, it is always best to stay inside and reschedule plans.

Don’t Go Out Alone

Make sure that your senior loved one is always accompanied by someone who can provide hands-on assistance when venturing out.

An arm or shoulder to hold onto can help prevent sudden falls, as well as instill a sense of confidence and safety.

Lighting

Install adequate lighting on driveways and walkways.

Carry a flashlight with you at all times since it tends to get dark around 4:30 p.m. between November and February.

Proper Nutrition

The winter tends to invite a more relaxed attitude when it comes to staying in shape and avoiding sugary sweets. 

Make sure that your senior loved one is eating regular, nutritious meals and staying active by participating in one of the fitness programs offered at Hearthstone.  

Adjust Your Schedule

If inclement weather is expected, stockpile the kitchen and reschedule appointments so that your loved one can stay inside.

Purchase plenty of bottled water, a first aid kit, candles, and canned goods to hold you over in case of a temporary power outage. 

Snow/Ice Treatment

Have your driveway and walkways shoveled and salted whenever it snows, or an ice storm passes through. 

Consider hiring a company to take care of this job for you. 

Test the Walkway

Before charging out the front door or down the driveway, check the sidewalk to see if it is icy.

Be sure to take it slow and stay by your loved one’s side.

Vision

When glasses are out of focus, walkways and driveways may appear to be fine when they are in fact icy.  Schedule an eye exam to learn more about your loved one’s vision and whether or not they require new eyewear.

Wear Appropriate Clothing

Make sure that your loved one is dressed appropriately for the weather.

Wear rubber soled, nonskid boots or shoes.  Layer their clothing so they can retain their body heat more easily.

Schedule A Tour With Hearthstone of Beaverton To Learn More About Our Community

Independent Living Community Near Beaverton, Oregon | HearthstonePlacing a beloved member of your family in our locally owned and managed senior living communities in Beaverton offers peace of mind for you as the caregiver, because it means that your loved one is in safe, caring hands.

At Hearthstone Senior Living, our boutique-style community consists of over 50 different Assisted Living apartments that range from one or two bedrooms to individual studios.

At Hearthstone at Murrayhill, our facilities offer Independent, Assisted Living, and Memory Care.

Each resident of ours has direct access to our experienced staff members, as well as a full-time registered nurse who are all available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

It is our goal to serve each resident, their families and guests with respect, love, and integrity at all times.

We fully understand that our residents are your loved ones and always strive to make everyone feel like they are at home with people who care about their needs.

You can meet with us or schedule a tour by calling Hearthstone of Beaverton at 503-641-0911 or by visiting us at:

12520 SW Hart Road
Beaverton, OR 97008

Or calling Hearthstone at Murrayhill at 503-520-0911 or stopping by at:

10880 SW Davies Rd
Beaverton, OR 97008

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