5 Winter Safety Tips for SeniorsJanuary 14, 2019
Blue Harbor Senior Living is home to senior communities across the country. In some parts of the country, the winters can get very cold. The colder season can pose unique risks to seniors, so our True Blue team is careful to help residents have fun all while staying safe and cozy. On our blog, get tips on how to stay safe this winter!
Keep Your Eye on the Temperature
As we age, we can become more sensitive to the cold, so it’s important to ensure we’re staying warm and cozy. Regularly check your thermostat to ensure that it’s set to a comfortable level.
At Blue Harbor, our communities have self-controlled thermostats which allows residents to keep temperatures set at a comfortable level. Our staff regularly checks the thermostats to make sure they’re at a safe level (between 65 and 75F).
Dress in Layers and Keep Your Feet Warm!
In many parts of the country, winter means snow or below-freezing temperatures. If you do need to go outside, be sure to dress in extra layers and always bring a hat, coat, and gloves with you. Whether inside or outside, be sure you’re keeping your feet warm. Invest in warm, wooly socks or some fuzzy slippers.
Avoid Slips and Falls
Make sure to keep an eye on floors, as extra precipitation coming in from the outdoors can create slipping hazards. If you do need to go outside during colder weather, be sure you’re wearing proper shoes with lots of traction. For extra security, invest in ice and snow grips, such as Yaktrax, which will help to prevent any slipping hazards in icier conditions. However, if conditions are icy, we do strongly suggest that seniors stay safe indoors.
Keep Extra Medication on Hand
During the winter months, snowstorms and more extreme weather conditions make power outages or unsafe driving conditions more probable. For that reason, we recommend always keeping an extra week’s worth of medication on hand. This way, if you are unable to retrieve refills, you’ll still be able to take your prescribed medications. You can also explore mail-in pharmacy options to avoid having to drive to a pharmacy to pick up necessary medications.
Move Your Exercise Indoors
Exercise is an important part of physical and mental self-care. It improves immunity and helps to boost your mood. That being said, however, seniors should avoid exercising in extremely cold conditions. Instead, look to indoor options, such as yoga, Tai Chi, dancing, or chair aerobics. Here at Blue Harbor, we offer a host of different low-impact, joint-friendly indoor exercise classes. Plus, most of our communities have on-site gyms where residents can enjoy activities such as cycling or walking on a treadmill. Just explore our communities’ individual pages to learn about our amenities and activities.
Avoid Colds and the Flu
During the colder months, we are at greater risk for catching the common cold or flu. Be sure to take steps to boost your immunity during the winter. From staying hydrated to getting a flu shot, we’re offering a host of tips on our blog about how to boost immunity; check it out here!
Explore Your Options
If you’re worried about yourself or a senior loved one, be sure to reach out to one of our True Blue staff members to discuss assisted living options. From independent living to memory care, we offer a variety of community living options. We are wishing you and yours a very safe winter and a Happy New Year! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for fun updates. Until next time!
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