Tips for Keeping Your Elder Warm as the Weather Cools

As memories of the summer fade away and the fall season settles in, many people welcome the cooler temperatures, feeling a relief from the searing heat of the last few months and getting the first glimpse of holidays to come.

In your role as a family caregiver, however, it is important that you understand that the cold can be more impactful for your elder parent. Elderly adults are far more vulnerable to cold temperatures than younger adults, and can even suffer hypothermia in homes that are between 60 and 65 degrees. Keeping your senior parent warm enough throughout the fall and impending winter season is an important part of protecting their health and well-being so they can continue enjoying the highest quality of life as they age in place.

Elder Care Canandaigua NY - Tips for Keeping Your Elder Warm as the Weather Cools

Elder Care Canandaigua NY – Tips for Keeping Your Elder Warm as the Weather Cools

Use these tips to keep your parent warm as they weather cools:

  • Layer clothes to trap warmth between layers. They can always take off layers if they feel too warm.
  • Keep blankets around the house so it is easy for them to curl up in one when watching TV or reading for extra warmth.
  • Make sure that they wear socks, even if they are wearing slippers, to prevent heat loss from their feet.
  • Go through their home and make sure that all windows and doors are properly sealed to prevent cold air from getting in and warm air from getting out.
  • Encourage your parent to sip hot beverages and foods such as soups.
  • Keep the thermostat at a consistently warm temperature of no less than 68 degrees.
  • Talk to your parent’s doctor about their medications to find out if they might increase their risk of hypothermia and if they can offer you suggestions for how to keep your parent warmer while they remain compliant with their medications.

Being a family caregiver for an elder adult can be challenging and stressful. Fortunately, elder care can help. An elder care provider can be with your parent to fill any care gaps that might exist, ensuring that your senior gets all of the care, support, assistance, and encouragement that they need to stay as healthy, safe, comfortable, and happy as possible.

Through a set of highly personalized services this care provider can help your parent to pursue a lifestyle that is as fulfilling, active, and independent as possible while they age in place, while also helping them to reach their care goals. As a family caregiver, this can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing that when you are not able to be with your parent, they are still in good hands, getting everything that they need to maintain their quality of life. This enables you to not only focus more on the quality of care that you give your parent, but also on the other needs and obligations in your life.

Source:  http://catchinghealth.bangordailynews.com/2013/01/30/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-hypothermia-and-the-elderly/

If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care Services in Canandaigua NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and ansurrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)