Fall is upon us, and with the change of the seasons comes beautiful colors and cooler temperatures. With all the beauty that the Autumn brings, there are also inherent hazards with the change in seasons. It is important to begin to plan for the colder temperatures. Planning for autumn, is even more important for seniors living alone or in assisted living communities. The onset of autumn means and increase in season-related falls and illnesses while the changing climate sets in. Here are a few tips on welcoming the new seasons safely:
Wear Layers, When Going Out.
Throughout the fall, temperatures can begin to feel cooler. However with the fall season, especially in Texas, one can find that it may be warm during the day and chiller by the evening. Be prepared for both instances with a sweatshirt, light jacket, or a hat, according to where you are located.
Senior Care and Seasonal Vaccines.
Cold and flu season begins in the fall , so getting a seasonal flu vaccine can help prevent unwanted illnesses. Washing your hands thoroughly with hot, soapy water for at least 30 seconds prevents the spread of bacteria and germs. Be sure to lots of sleep to strengthen your immune system to help your body naturally fight intruders.
For the elderly that are living by themselves may want to have a professional to check their heating systems. Even for those who reside in assisted living communities, now is an excellent time to grab a space heater or even two for those who feel cold. Never leave them unsupervised. Place at least 3 ft. between the heater and walls or curtains.
Outdoor Precautions and Senior Care.
Autumn remains warm enough to get out and enjoy outsides activities. The autumn weather can present certain obstacles for the elderly since rains cause slick surfaces and falling foliage could cause risky and low visible walking conditions. There is plenty of work associated with maintaining a safe outside area and driveways throughout autumn, so hiring a professional service prevents debris buildup and keeps walking paths clear.
Transitioning weather can cause storms leading to power outages, loss of heat, water and phone services. Inclement weather means a difficult time venturing out for essential supplies. Prepare for emergency situations:
- Store lots of non-perishables and clean water.
- Keep candles, fresh batteries, flashlights, extra blankets, Sterno fuel and a battery-operated radio available.
- Don’t wait on a crisis to establish a system of communication. Everyone, not just the elderly, living alone ought to create a “buddy system.”
Keeping appropriate heat levels inside the home is an integral part of elderly care. It is unfortunate that, many people are not able to afford for heating. Senior care and assistance programs provide a safe and clean environment for seniors where they have access to care and necessities to experience a high quality of life.