When it comes to the seasons, winter in Southern California looks different compared to other places around the country. Snow and ice aren’t necessarily significant safety hazards here. But there are safety considerations to keep in mind for seniors during the winter months. Keep reading to learn more about how to stay safe at home this winter.
Using Space Heaters at Home
Because energy use is higher in the winter due to increased heating, some people choose to use a space heater to stay warm in a single room rather than heat the entire home. When using one, you should:
- Keep it three feet away from anything that can burn, including people
- Never block exits or put it in the way of foot traffic
- Make sure it shuts off automatically when moved or tipped over
- Always be in the room when it is running and turn it off when leaving the room or going to bed. Don’t forget to unplug it.
If you experience an emergency such as a power outage, always have a way to get in touch. An analog landline is one way. If you have a cell phone, make sure it is charged, or you have a portable battery available.
Dress Warmly When Outside
It gets cold, even in sunny California. So make sure you dress warmly for the temperatures outside. Wear layers that are easy to remove or put on, depending on where you’ll be and what activities you do on any given day.
Winter is prime cold and flu season on top of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to scheduling your annual flu shot, consider having grocery deliveries scheduled to avoid going to the store. Many stores also offer pickup too. If a friend, family member, or caregiver is willing, have them pick up your order to avoid going to the store.
Take Your Vitamins
Since days are shorter and filled with less light, older adults are at higher risk for brittle bones in the winter. Taking vitamin D and calcium supplements can help reduce the risk that fractures or other breaks could occur during a fall.
The best way to stay safe at home this winter is to have a caregiver who can come and check in on you. Whether you or your loved one needs personal care, homemaking services companion care, specialty care, or other senior care at home services, Optimal Senior Care Solutions is here to assist you. Reach out to us today!
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