Nov 30, 2018 by Tammara LaCasse
As the temperature starts to move closer to 0 degrees Fahrenheit, it is important to understand that seniors run the risk of health problems and injuries related to the cold weather. It is vital that you and their home care provider pay special attention and take precautions to help keep them safe. Your loved one’s home care provider wants to warn you about some of the health hazards that do exist.
Hypothermia is when the body’s temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit and when this happens, the body is unable to warm itself up. Elderly individuals are more susceptible to hypothermia because they may not be able to communicate that they are cold or need to be dressed warmer. Some of the most common symptoms of hypothermia include mental confusion, slowed reaction times, and sleepiness.
Heart attack and high blood pressure are much more common during the winter months because the cold is known to increase blood pressure and place a strain on the heart. Since your heart works overtime, home care provider experts warn that heart attacks and strokes are common.
Frostbite can cause damage to your loved one’s skin and health. Sometimes, frostbite can progress to the bone and it often occurs on the fingers, toes, cheeks, chin, and ears. Some of the common symptoms include white, ashy, or grayish-yellow skin, skin that feels hard, and numb areas on the skin.
Painful joints occur throughout the winter and your loved one’s home care provider wants you to be aware of it. Many people who do have arthritis experience the stiffness and pain in their joints. It is unknown why this happens, but daily exercise can help alleviate pain.
Comfort Keepers is here to help your loved one and keep them safe this winter. Remember, your senior should remain indoors and dry throughout the winter.