Winter Care for Older Adults

In India, the months of October and November are known as the post-monsoon period with winter setting in from December to January. Though the seasons all across the globe are behaving erratically in the recent years, we are walking close towards December with the hope of leaving the age old adage “October Heat” and “November Rains” behind and welcome winters.

Winters are not only hard time for skin and hair but also health in general. The cold weather leads to an increase in the blood pressure thus enhancing the risk of cardiovascular issues. Winters reduces the resistance power and thus respiratory infections in the old folks is more common in winters. The overall strength and dexterity is affected too with the fall in temperature. It is a season, where diet and eating habits change too. Hence, it becomes crucially important to take some extra care especially by the senior citizens and the elderly people.

At V-Golden Age, we get extra careful with the residents in this particular season 

We try to make it a memorable season of cosy quilts and hot cuppa tea without any ailments to trouble. Here are a few tips to combat the winters and not let it affect the golden-agers adversely.
Our caregivers at V-Golden Age follow the same with the elderly and other residents.

  •    Though hot water baths or showers feel great in the winters, they wreak havoc on dry skin. It is advisable to use lukewarm water instead.
  • Use good amount of moisturizer to keep their skin hydrated but be sure you are opting for alcohol-free skin products to retain maximum moisture in the already dry air.
  • Morning or evening dew drops can make walking in parks or roads difficult. Remind them to wear socks and shoes or boots. These will prevent them from slipping as well as keep them warm.
  • Cold temperatures can lead to frostbites. So dress the elderly people in multiple layers and coats, sweaters, gloves, shawls and scarfs. A scarf over the mouth is a great way of protecting the lungs from the winter chill.
  • Wearing two or three thin layers of loose-fitting clothing is warmer than a single layer of thick clothing.
  • Never let their body temperature dip below 95 degrees. If it does, get medical assistance.

“Less mobility in winters and inability to go out in the open may lead to loneliness and isolation. At V-Golden Age, the residents have a friend in their care giver and roommate and they often meet the other residents over activities and meals, but if you are taking care of a geriatric patient at home, consciously spend more time with them this season to warm them up with your love.”

  • Because people spend more time indoors and may eat a smaller variety of foods, nutritional deficits, especially Vitamin D deficiency can be a problem. Drinking more milk and having more dairy products in winter can boost your immune system The diet should be varied and taking care of all the vital vitamins to build immunity. At V-GoldenAge, our meals are well taken care of with essential nutrients. Are you doing the same?
  • Seniors should drink lots of fluids. Even hot drinks like tea and hot chocolate will help with hydration.
  • Staying indoors does not mean being inactive. Help and motivate the older adults to keep fit by walking in place or daily stretching exercises and other such activities. Our physiotherapists develop special activity regimen for winters.

Winter safety measures for seniors should not be taken lightly. Winter is often one of the most difficult seasons for seniors. Fortunately, proper preparation can alleviate most issues. We hope these winter safety tips help you & your loved one stay safe this winter.