Many senior citizens have trouble caring for themselves and remaining independent. This can be a source of concern for their loved ones, especially in the winter, when there are so many challenges and things that can go wrong.
If your elderly family member lives alone and you are concerned that he or she may need help to remain independent, particularly at this time of the year, a caregiver from Dependable Care can help. Our trained and compassionate caregivers can look out for your loved one to make sure he or she stays safe and healthy both at home and when venturing out this winter.
Dressing for the Cold
One of the most troublesome things about winter, especially in Connecticut, is that the temperature often drops below freezing, even during the day. If your loved one goes outside, you want to make sure he or she is dressed appropriately. Some seniors may have trouble with this if they have Alzheimer’s or dementia, or they may not have clean clothes if they have trouble doing laundry on their own. A caregiver from Dependable Care can make sure your family member is dressed in clean and warm clothing whenever he or she goes out in the winter.
The risk of falling is a concern for seniors and their families throughout the year, but it is even more of an issue in the winter, when the ground can be covered with snow or ice. A caregiver can make sure your loved one is wearing appropriate shoes or boots to reduce the risk of falling and can provide physical assistance if necessary.
Providing Safe Transportation
Driving can be dangerous for seniors who have problems with vision or slowed reflexes. These issues can be compounded in the winter, when roads can be slippery. A caregiver from Dependable Care can drive your loved one to the homes of family and friends, to the store, to doctor’s appointments, to the local senior center, or anywhere else he or she would like to go so you can have peace of mind.
Ensuring Seniors Eat a Healthy Diet
If your loved one has trouble getting to the store in the winter, he or she may wind up not eating enough or not eating healthy foods. A caregiver can help with grocery shopping and cooking to make sure your family member is eating a healthy diet. This can prevent vitamin deficiencies that often become more common in the winter.
Keeping Seniors Engaged
Many people of all ages experience depression in the winter. This can be especially problematic for seniors who live alone and do not have a job where they can interact with others. A caregiver can help your loved one avoid feeling isolated and lonely by engaging in stimulating conversation and activities.
Contact Dependable Care to Find the Right Caregiver for Your Loved One
Dependable Care employs a team of caregivers who serve seniors and their families across Connecticut. One of our caregivers can help make sure your loved one stays safe and healthy this winter and throughout the year. A caregiver can help with household chores, cooking, errands, transportation, and companionship. Contact Dependable Care today so we can match your loved one with the right caregiver.