The Australian winter may seem bearable for most of us, but it can be a different story for seniors. As we age our bodies’ ability to adjust to lower temperatures is less efficient and let’s face it winter can be harsh.
It’s important to watch out for everyone in the community as the temperatures drop.
Follow these steps:
# 1 Maintain a healthy diet
Although this may seem obvious, it is one of the most essential aspects of keeping a senior healthy during the chilly season. Ensure they are getting sufficient nutrients by consuming a healthy, nourishing diet. Also, it is common for seniors to lose their appetite as they age, so keeping a close eye on diet is a caregiver’s responsibility. Soups, casseroles and porridge are some of the nutritious meals which will nourish and keep you warm and happy on a cold day.
# 2 Keep blankets close at hand
Besides the obvious extra layers of clothing, it is a good idea to have an extra blanket handy during winter. Most effective are thermal blankets!
# 3 Exercise daily
Seniors should continue their daily exercise routine all year round. Exercising daily increases your body’s temperature, but physical movement stimulates the mobility of the body and promotes a healthy mind. It is important to wear layers of clothing, waterproof shoes, and thicker socks to be prepared for the elements.
SHHC has different sizes of Venosan Silverline stockings for ladies and gents which will keep you warm and comfortable.
# 4 Beat the chills with a warm bath
There is nothing better than a relaxing warm bath to help warm you up and find a more stable body temperature. Always check the temperature of the bath water with your elbow or wrist before anyone hops in the tub!
A stable seat is a good idea to avoid injuries or falls in the bathroom, and SHHC has a range of bathroom aids to provide extra comfort in the bathroom.
Be vigilant and increase the quality of life for the people you care for this winter.