Home Health Minute: How to Keep Older Loved Ones Warm in Winter

Older People Are at Greater Risk for Cold-Related Death

December Home Health Minute with Right at Home Fargo Owner Barry Maring talks about the importance of keeping older loved ones warm in winter. As Mother Nature’s thermometer begins to dip, so does the body temperature for many seniors. Age reduces the elasticity of blood vessel walls and thins the fat layer under the skin that is used to help preserve body heat, which can:

  • Cause a Quicker Loss of Body Heat
  • Hypothermia
  • Could Lead to Death

A Drop in Body Temperature Can Be An Indication of Medical Conditions and Health Factors Such As:

  • Stroke
  • Parkinson's
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Nerve Damage
  • Alcohol or Drug Use

When Keeping Your Senior Warm Make Sure to Be Observant

  • Keep home heated between 68 and 70deg
  • Winterize the home
  • Close heat vents and shut doors in rooms that are seldom used
  • Dress the senior in layers
    • Sock, slippers and blanket over legs
    • Hat, gloves, and scarves
  • Practice good nutrition to fuel body heat

If someone you love is in need of care, contact us today.

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