5 Winter Safety Tips for Seniors
Now that we’re in the thick of winter, it’s important that
we take whatever measures necessary to make sure our seniors are safe from the
risks associated with the colder weather. These five winter safety tips for
seniors will ensure that you and your loved ones are prepared for whatever this
Utah winter brings our way.
Keep Your Eye on the Temperature
At Heritage Place, each room is outfitted with a number of
amenities, including a self-controlled thermostat which allows our residents
to keep their thermostats set at a comfortable level. During the winter months,
our staff regularly checks to make certain it’s at a safe level. If you’re a
senior who is living alone or you have an elderly loved one, make it a priority
to regularly check the thermostat and the room’s temperature to make sure the
room is warm enough.
Wear Shoes and Slippers Inside
Winter in Utah means snow, and snow often means wet floors
within the home. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much water to make an area
slippery, which is why we recommend that seniors wear shoes or slippers, even
inside. Aside from keeping your feet warm, they’ll provide you with some
much-needed traction as you move around.
Keep Extra Medication on Hand
While it’s always important that seniors have enough medication
on hand, during the winter months, there is an increased likelihood of
dangerous weather, which can cause power outages and unsafe driving conditions.
That’s why we recommend keeping a week’s worth of extra medication, just in
case you are unable to retrieve any refills you might need.
Move Your Exercise Indoors
Exercise is critical to physical and mental health, so no
one should give it up just because there’s snow outside. That being said,
seniors should definitely switch to indoor workouts until the conditions
outside are a bit friendlier. While hypothermia is a very real threat, something
as simple as slipping on the ice could cause serious long-term injuries.
We work hard to keep our assisted living residents active,
which is why we’re proud to have an indoor swimming pool and an indoor fitness
center as two of the many community features, but there are plenty of
low-impact activities seniors can do as long as they have a little extra space.
Avoid Colds and the Flu
If you’re worried about yourself or a loved one this winter,
you might consider how supported independent living could help. Schedule a
tour of our assisted
senior living community in Bountiful, Utah, which is conveniently located
for most people in the Salt Lake City area. Contact us today
to learn more.
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