Extreme weather is unpleasant for anyone anywhere, but the Canadian winters can be especially challenging. As a leading provider of senior home care in Vancouver, we recommend that families put much forethought into helping their aging loved ones get through the winter by taking measures now to ensure their safety and comfort.
- Watch out for the winter blues. Most seniors will get out less during bad weather, and this can lead to boredom and feelings of isolation. During the winter, do your best to call your aging loved one more often and visit whenever possible. You can also see if a friend, family member or even a part-time Vancouver caregiver is available to check-in on a regular basis. And with today’s vast array of technological gadgets available, you can also encourage your loved one to text, email or video chat.
- Make sure heaters are in working order. After a long summer, it is important to check that your loved one’s heaters are cleaned and working before the temperatures drop. Generally, the thermostat should be set somewhere in the range of 18-22°C. You may also want to check-in on your loved one to be sure that the home’s temperatures are adequate as many seniors may forget or opt not to turn on their heaters to save money.
- Prepare for the snow. Clearing sidewalks to at least allow your loved one to walk outside for chores like checking the mail is an absolute essential. Not doing so can increase the risk of falls, which can mean broken or fractured bones and in some cases, result in long-term mobility issues. You may also want to consider putting non-slip mats near any of the doors to help reduce slips and trips.
- Ensure healthy habits. It can be difficult for seniors to get out go to the grocery store for fresh and nutritious foods during the cold winter months. If you are concerned about your loved one’s health or ability to cook and perform household chores, there are many things you can do to help. For instance, you can help prepare frozen meals so your loved one can heat them up when it’s most convenient for them; you can look into meal delivery services; or for total peace of mind, you can opt for Vancouver 24/7 live-in care to ensure that a trained caregiver is always available to assist your loved one.
Help your loved one prepare for the upcoming winter months and ensure their safety and comfort. If you would like to learn more about in-home care for seniors, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Vancouver at 778-279-3634 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager.