Last updated 2 days 19 hours ago
Winter in Philadelphia often means inches or even feet of snow and ice on the ground for months at a time. While a common part of the local landscape, it can also lead to dangerous slip and fall incidents. Due to their unsteady coordination and weakened muscles, seniors in particular can be susceptible to accidents of this sort. By keeping in mind the following suggestions, though, older individuals can largely prevent wintertime falls.
Keep Walkways Clear
A task as simple as retrieving the mail can result in an emergency trip to the hospital. Winter temperatures can rise and fall by several degrees between day and night, causing fallen snow to melt and refreeze as ice. In some cases, ice accumulation may not be readily apparent, misleading seniors into thinking that it is safe to use their walkways. The only sure way to prevent falls, though, is to clear all outdoor walkways of precipitation. Having a neighbor or family member shovel accumulation can prevent painful and even fatal accidents.
Use Assistance When Traveling by Foot
Seniors do not necessarily have to remain indoors during the winter, but they should take the necessary precautions when they venture outside. Whether they aim to take a stroll around the block or make a trip to the corner store, elderly individuals should use assistance when necessary. A walker or cane may suffice under some circumstances. Seniors with significant coordination issues may require additional help, such as a steady arm from a friend or family member.
Put On Winter-Appropriate Footwear
Having shoes that can provide suitable traction against slick mounds of snow and ice is important for elderly individuals. Seniors should wear footwear that grips the ground with each step. They should also look for shoes that can support their lower extremities to avoid accidents that may cause twisted or broken ankles.
Home Helpers offers caring and capable senior assistance for elderly individuals in the greater Philadelphia region. If you have an older family member who needs help with his yard maintenance, grocery shopping, or other household duties, we can help. Call (855) 241-4724 to find out more about our wide range of home care services.
Last updated 9 days ago
The winter season will soon be here, and with it, dangerous weather conditions. This video discusses ways that the elderly can protect themselves from weather-related hazards.
If you have an elderly relative, inspect his or her winter wardrobe. Make sure that he has a warm coat and scarf to provide insulation against subzero temperatures. Also, talk to him about his heating measures. Confirm that his heater works as needed so that your loved one does not use his oven for warmth. In the event of a blizzard, make sure that your elderly relative has plenty of canned food until the roads permit travel again.
Home Helpers can ensure that your elderly loved one receives the senior assistance he needs. For more information on our in home care services for the Philadelphia community, call (855) 241-4724.
Last updated 15 days ago
We are well into the colder months, and winter is just around the corner. Are you prepared to get your elderly loved ones through the coldest part of the year? Hypothermia is a drop in body temperature, and can be a very severe condition to have. It is even more dangerous in older people.
The signs of just being cold and the signs of hypothermia are not the same. When someone begins to shiver, that does not necessarily mean they are suffering from hypothermia. The main symptoms to look for with hypothermia are slurred speech, poor control over body movements, and stiff arms or legs. Being able to recognize these signs and react appropriately may save your loved one's life.
The National Institute on Aging published an article that fully prepares you for this situation. It covers prevention, recognizing the symptoms, and what to do should an older person fall victim of hypothermia. We fully recommend that you read the entire article and make sure you and your loved ones are ready for the cold winter ahead.
For additional information, or if you have any questions please feel free to call us at 855-241-4724.
Last updated 16 days ago
Good nutrition is a need that continues throughout life. Just as growing children demand it for healthy development, older individuals require it for energy and strength. If you or a loved one is finding it difficult to maintain healthy eating habits in advanced age, the following guidelines can help establish new ones for ultimate wellness.
Keep Meals Diverse
Some people experience a growing lack of interest in food as they get older. Sometimes this circumstance can be attributed to changes of the palate that make once delicious foods taste off or bland. If an older person doesn’t eat the right foods, he can suffer from diminished energy levels that affect his propensity to eat on a regular basis, furthering the cycle of fatigue and missed meals. That’s why senior care experts recommend keeping meals varied. Even if their favorite foods lack their former luster, seniors can find new dishes that entice their appetites.
Seek Out Fresh Produce
Eating enough isn’t the only concern for older individuals. Eating nutritious foods can also become an issue. Some seniors may find it easier to consume soft foods such as cake and ice cream due to dental health or gastrointestinal problems. However, these types of foods contain a fraction of the nutrients that seniors require for wellness. Key to senior health is making fruits and vegetables the center of each meal. Fresh produce contains ample levels of the minerals and vitamins that older individuals need.
Make a Point to Regularly Drink Water
Proper hydration is important for everyone regardless of age. It flushes toxins from the body, stimulates metabolism, maintains energy levels, and helps cells function as needed. Some older individuals may find, though, that their ability to detect thirst decreases with age. This can make them more susceptible to dehydration. To prevent the dangers of dehydration, seniors should be deliberate in their efforts to drink water in periodic intervals.
Home Helpers can help you look after your loved one’s nutrition needs. Our senior care aides can shop for groceries, make meals, and make sure that your family member is getting the vitamins and minerals necessary to be a healthy and happy senior. Call our Philadelphia office today at (855) 241-4724 for more information on our home care service.
Last updated 23 days ago
Older age can make a person more susceptible to any number of conditions, including heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease. As a result, senior care often includes the dispersing and taking of medications. If an older individual must take more than one medication, though, he can be at risk for unforeseen complications should those drugs combine. Especially when a senior does not have a qualified individual keeping track of his medication usage, this danger can increase.
Drug Side Effects
When taken as prescribed by a physician, a given medication may have relatively few side effects. However, if a senior consumes a drug more often than is necessary for his condition, he might suffer unwarranted side effects such as fatigue, nausea, or diarrhea. That is why prescribed medications should never be taken more frequently than recommended even if the patient is not experiencing its benefits as he would like.
On the other hand, some seniors may forget to take their prescriptions as regularly as needed. When medication times are missed, it can result in serious health complications. For instance, should a senior forget to take his blood thinning medication, it can put him at a higher risk for stroke or heart attack. Medications are given to keep medical conditions under control, making proper consumption of them requisite to maintain health.
Loss of Life
While each drug may individually help a senior with a particular medical issue, together they can have grave side effects. The properties of certain drugs require that they never be taken together. If a physician is unaware of the prescription that another doctor has given to the same patient, though, he may unwittingly have that person take a drug that can be fatal when mixed with other medications. To protect the wellbeing of the patient, doctors must be in communication with each other and fully aware of all medications.
Home Helpers can help you monitor your loved one’s medication usage. If your elderly family member cannot manage his prescriptions on his own, let our qualified aides provide the senior assistance he needs to stay healthy. To speak with an associate about our in-home care options, call our Philadelphia office at (855) 241-4724.