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The leaves have started to transform into their seasonal hues of reds and oranges, and with the increasing chill we know that it’s time to bring out the sweaters, scarves and warm clothes for the fast-approaching winter season. This is also the time of preparations for keeping safe, healthy and warm, for those most at risk, Seniors, of the illnesses and challenges of winter. Here are some ideas for seniors to protect against the hazards of the snowy season.

1. Flu Vaccine
Now that it’s the beginning of the flu season, it’s time to consider what precautions to take to prevent getting the flu and related illness such as bronchitis and pneumonia. October is likely the most opportune time to get the flu shot, which should be continued on a yearly basis. It is also important to keep your hands clean by washing with hot water and soap regularly to keep those pesky germs at bay. If one of your loved ones has already picked up the virus, then encourage them to cover their mouth when sneezing and coughing and to keep those hands scrubbed clean.

2. Be aware of outdoor hazards
With the leaves piling up on the sidewalks, chilling rain and snow creating slippery floors in and outside the house, the risk of tripping and falling is high during this time of year. Make sure to clear sidewalks of foliage, and to cover the snowy, icy walkways with sand or cat litter to create boot and shoe traction so there’s no slipping. Professional services are incredibly useful if family or friends are not able to help seniors with maintaining obstacle-free driveways and sidewalks. One short walk out to the mailbox could prove fatal, so be careful!

3. Stay warm
Keep warm and wear plenty of loose-fitting layers that can be removed according to the changing temperatures. Hat, gloves and a scarf are a necessity as well, even when the weather is seemingly mild. If your home is chilly inside, a space heater can help keep the house warm. The temperature should remain at 20 degrees Celsius or above. Be sure to keep these heaters at a safe distance from walls, curtains and other flammable items and to replace old ones to prevent fires.

4. Prevention against isolation and loneliness
Winter is the season of hibernation, but often this is because of the difficulties of winter traveling. Even seemingly short distances can be arduous, especially for seniors. Due to this, a lack of socialising and warm human interactions leave Seniors more susceptible to feelings of loneliness and isolation. When family and friends are not able to check in with their loved one on a regular basis, companionship services can be a wonderful option.

For support with outings, or for a friendly companion service to help your loved one during the cold season, call Graceful Living Home Care Services.

www.gracefulliving.ca
514 684 4258