Winter Safety: Top 5 Tips for Caregivers and their Seniors

 

                       

                 Winter weather can bring special challenges and circumstances to seniors and their caregivers. By taking a little extra precaution, you can be prepared for whatever the winter weather may bring your way.

Top 5 Winter Weather Risks:

  1. Home power outages
  2. Colder weather
  3. Carbon monoxide poisoning
  4. Outdoor dangers
  5. Nutrition and staying healthy
  • Home Preparation for Power Outages:

Sudden power outages can be scary and frustrating, especially if they last for more than a few minutes. Prepare your home in case there is a power outage, so you’ll be ready when it goes dark. Put together an emergency preparedness kit in case of a prolonged or widespread power outage.

Emergency Preparedness Kit:

  • Water – One gallon per person, per day (2-week supply).
  • Non-perishable food (2-week supply).
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and required medical items.
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, Insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and Emergency Contact information.
  • Extra Cash
  • If someone is dependent on electric-powered, life-sustaining equipment, include backup power in your plan.
  • Keep a non-cordless phone in your home. It will likely work even if the power is out.
  • Car with a full tank of gas

Reference: www.redcross.org

  • Dressing for Cold Weather:

Cold temperatures can lead to frostbite and hypothermia – a condition where the body temperature dips too low. More than half of hypothermia-related deaths were of people over the age of 65, according to the CDC (www.cdc.gov)

  • Bundle up – Keep indoor temperatures warm and dress in layers. If going outside in very cold temperatures, cover all exposed skin. Use a scarf to cover your mouth and protect your lungs. When venturing outside, make sure you are outfitted with:
    • Warm socks.
    • A hat.
    • Gloves.
    • A scarf.
    • A heavy coat.
  • Prevent Falls in Slippery conditions – Icy, snowy roads and sidewalks make it easy to slip and fall. Falls are a leading cause of death from injury in men and women over the age of 65 (www.cdc.org). Help prevent falls in winter weather:
    • Stay indoors until roads are clear and conditions have dried.
    • Wear shoes with good traction and non-skid soles.
    • Replace a worn cane tip.
    • Take shoes off immediately after coming indoors.
  • Prevent Carbon monoxide poisoning:

Carbon monoxide is gas that cannot be seen or smelled, making it nearly impossible to detect unless you have an alarm. Using the fireplace, gas heaters or lanterns can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep seniors safe by making sure they have a current carbon monoxide detector and check batteries regularly.

Avoid leaks and poisoning by having any active fireplace or natural gas heater inspected to ensure it is properly vented.

  • Outdoor Safety:

Driving and walking in harsh winter conditions can pose health hazards. Stay indoors during severe winter weather and follow these tips if and when you must go outside:

  • Dress warm and wear the proper footwear to help prevent slips and falls.
  • Make sure the path to your door, garage and mailbox are shoveled and free of debris.
  • Use salt to melt icy sidewalks and steps or cover the ice with something gritty such as sand or cat litter.
  • Take your time to reduce your risk of falling
  • Good Nutrition:

Proper nutrition in the winter months can boost immunity and help provide seniors with much-needed nutrients to ward off the germs that cause colds and the flu and even help minimize a cold’s duration.

Nutrition tips for your best Immunity:

  • Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables rich in nutrients such as citrus, cabbage, broccoli, pumpkin, sweet potato and spinach.
  • Fight infections with Zinc. Zinc is found in fish, oysters, poultry, eggs, milk, unprocessed grains, and cereals.
  • Drink hot tea to help ward off germs.
  • Include good bacteria in your diet. Products such as kefir, yogurt and sauerkraut provide live cultures that help fight off infections.
  • Take a daily multivitamin.

(www.todaysdietitian.com)

BONUS: Car and Driving Precautions

  1. Keep an ice scraper in your car.
  2. Check your wipers and wiper fluid. keep an extra gallon of cold-weather formula wiper fluid in the car or garage.
  3. Be mindful of travel warnings or advisories during winter weather.
  4. Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.
  5. Take a cell phone with you.

 

You can download this article here: Winter safety tips for Seniors and Caregivers

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We are participating in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

End of Alzheimer’s starts with me!

River Oaks Homecare is participating in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday Nov. 11, 2017.

Alzheimer’s disease is relentless. So are we. Join our team for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. This is  the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

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Health & Wellness for Seniors: Family Caregivers.

 

 

Now is the perfect time to start a healthy lifestyle.

Caregivers can help seniors maintain health with proper nutrition, exercise and lifestyle habits.

Nutrition:

It is extremely important for Seniors to practice good nutrition. Poor nutrition affects not only the body, but also the mind, energy levels, and can also lead to other health issues. The more caregivers know about nutrition for seniors, the better they will be able to care for them.

Vitamins/Supplements:

  • Fiber.
  • Potassium for blood pressure and to help avoid fatigue and depression.
  • Healthy fats to lower chances of heart disease.
  • Vitamin B12 for energy and brain function.
  • Vitamin D and Calcium for bone health.

Healthy Eating after 50:

  • Fruits.
  • Vegetables.
  • Protein.
  • Grains.
  • Dairy.
  • Oil.
  • Sugar & Solid fats.
  • Eat fish 2x per week.
  • Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Limit caffeine & Alchohol intake.

Help Seniors become more active:

  • Find something they enjoy.
  • Make sure it is geared to their fitness level.
  • Start at a level they can manage and work their way up slowly.
  • Do exercises at home with them.  You can  watch online or rent videos at the library and modify as necessary.

Benefits Of Exercise in older age:

  • Increases Mental Capacity.
  • Prevents Diseases
  • Improves Healing
  • Increases Balance

Sample Weekly exercise routine for seniors can be found in the full article here: Health and Wellness for Seniors

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7 Habits Every Senior Should have.

Seniors can change their lifestyle and start practicing these 7  healthy habits immediately:

7 Habits for Seniors

  1. Focus on Prevention – Seniors can be proactive in their health by getting regular checkups. Having regular doctor appointments to check things like cholesterol, heart problems, blood pressure and more can alert seniors of problems early on and make them more manageable.
  2. Get Social – Doing activities with others and being social can help senior’s mental and physical health.
  3. Keep your mind sharp – Doing mental activities that stimulate the brain will help ward off decline in mental health and keep senior’s mind sharp.
  4. Be physically active – Mobility can be more difficult with age, but it’s important for seniors to continue to exercise as they age. Regular exercise can help improve balance, flexibility, is good for your heart, and can help improve balance, flexibility, is good for your heart, and can even improve the health of people who are frail or have age-related diseases.
  5. Pay attention to eyes and ears – Getting annual eye exams and biannual dental exams can help seniors’ overall health.
  6. Make healthy food choices – Making healthy food choices is important at any age. As people age, making healthy choices become increasingly important. Eating well can help maintain good bone health, wealth, and can reduce the risk of stroke, heart diseases and diabetes.
  7. Manage Medicines – As people age, they often find themselves on more and more medications. Caregivers can regularly go over medications with physicians to find out any drug interactions.

Download the full document here: 7 Habits for Seniors

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Finding breast cancer early and getting state-of-the-art cancer treatment are the most important strategies to prevent deaths from breast cancer. Breast cancer that’s found early, when it’s small and has not spread, is easier to treat successfully. Getting regular screening tests is the most reliable way to find breast cancer early. The American Cancer Society has screening guidelines for women at average risk of breast cancer, and for those at higher-than-average risk for breast cancer. Read more from the link below :

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/screening-tests-and-early-detection/american-cancer-society-recommendations-for-the-early-detection-of-breast-cancer.html

 

Culled up from the American Cancer Society Website (https://www.cancer.org/)