There’s a chill in the air, which means increased health risks for seniors. Older adults can lose body heat fast. A big chill can quickly turn into a dangerous health problem. For an older person, a body temperature of 95 degrees or lower can put your loved one at risk for heart attack, kidney problems, liver damage, and other serious health problems.
It is vital that seniors stay warm and protected from cold, windy weather to remain healthy throughout the upcoming fall and winter months.
Centers Choice Home Care has four tips to help your loved one stay warm and healthy this season!
- Warm Clothes
Make sure your loved one has plenty of warm clothing to get them through the winter. Check sweaters, jackets, socks, and coats to ensure they are in good condition and free of any holes that may let in the cold.
- Clean Chimney
The creosote buildup inside chimneys can present a fire hazard. It can also allow for the buildup of toxic chemicals that can make your loved one sick or even lead to an excess of deadly carbon monoxide inside the home. Schedule a chimney inspection every year to ensure that your chimney and fireplace are safe to use.
- Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
The increased use of space heaters, fireplaces, and holiday lights during the cold months can cause a house fire. Be sure to check all the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your loved one’ home to make sure they are working properly by pressing the test button and waiting for a loud beep.
- Stock the Pantry
Having nonperishable food on hand can be useful year-round, but especially in the wintertime. Whether you lose power in a storm or if a heavy snow makes it impossible to leave your home, you will benefit from having a selection of healthy canned goods and other nonperishables stocked in your pantry. Make sure you have plenty of bottled water too.
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