Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

Winter is a beautiful time of year. With the holidays, it is one of the most cherished. But, the winter season is not without its own unique risks. For seniors, winter can be an especially dangerous time of year if they are not careful.

At Davis Community assisted living in Wilmington NC, we take winter safety seriously because we want each of our residents to enjoy the healthiest and happiest holiday season possible. If you’re a senior living on your own or you have an elderly loved one in your family, then here are some winter safety tips to help ensure that they stay safe and out of harm’s way all season long.

Staying Warm

Hypothermia is a dangerous condition, especially for seniors. Even in Wilmington NC, where the winter is not exactly “cold,” a simple temperature drop can be enough to cause a senior to start suffering the effects of hypothermia. For seniors suffering from Parkinson’s disease, severe arthritis, hyperthyroidism, and/or any other condition that can cause a reduction in their ability to sense cold, the risk is even greater.

For seniors, the best way to avoid the risk of hypothermia is to dress warmly and in layers. When venturing outside in the winter, a senior should always wear a hat, gloves, warm socks, and a scarf or muffler to help keep the cold air out of their lungs.

If the day is particularly windy or cold, then time outdoors should be limited. If you start shivering, then head inside immediately. Keep your thermostat at a comfortable temperature at all times and always eat warm, nutritious meals and drink hot beverages to keep your core temperature up.

Keeping Walkways Safe

Wilmington doesn’t get a lot of snowfall in the winter, but it can suffer from the occasional ice build-up overnight. As a result, keeping walkways safe is crucial for avoiding a dangerous slip and fall.

In winter, apply a coating of rock salt or cat litter to the walkway surface to keep it as slip-free as possible. In the event that snowfall does accumulate, you should have someone else shovel the driveway, especially if you are over 65 years of age or have a heart condition. Or, if you are healthy enough to do the shoveling, be sure you limber up prior to shoveling; wear warm layered clothing, and take frequent breaks. Never lift more snow than you can comfortably lift, even if that means lifting only small amounts at a time.

Winter Driving Safety

Winter is not a good time for anyone to be driving because snow and ice can come out of nowhere and this can make driving conditions treacherous in an instant. But, if you must drive, then you should ensure that your vehicle has a full tank of gas before starting your journey. You should also notify someone of your destination and when you should be expected to arrive. Plus, bring an emergency kit with you just to be safe. A good kit should include blankets, a shovel, a flashlight, drinking water, and a first aid kit. Also, never leave home without a fully-charged cell phone so you can call for help should you need it.

Visit the Davis Community’s Assisted Living in Wilmington NC

If you have a loved one who is no longer capable of living a safe, independent lifestyle, then call the Davis Community today at 910.686.7195 or simply complete and submit our online information request form. We provide exceptional assisted living in Wilmington NC with a strong and supportive environment where your loved one will feel welcomed and part of an active community. Get to know the difference today – schedule a visit to the Davis Community!

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