Experts estimate that approximately 600 older adults throughout the United States died as a result of hypothermia each year.
This means their body temperature dropped too low, compromising functioning. While most people think of extremely low temperatures and dangerous conditions when considering hypothermia, this isn’t necessarily the case when it comes to cold weather danger for older adults. Physical challenges and circumstances including lower metabolic rate, less shivering, compromised temperature regulation, health problems such as diabetes, and more can make your parent far more vulnerable to low temperatures.
Even temperatures that seem extremely mild to younger adults can be dangerous for a senior. Anytime the temperature dips below 65 degrees, seniors are at risk, make it extremely important for you as a family caregiver to take steps while the weather is still mild to keep your parent and their home warmer this winter.
Use these tips to keep your seniors home warmer this winter:
Keep the thermostat set between 68 and 70 degrees at all times. Avoid lowering it even at night, as even a few degrees lower than this can be detrimental
If your parent does not have a reliable heating system or does not want the central heating system kept this high, make sure they have an effective space heater in the room with them. Be sure they understand the safety issues related to space heaters, including keeping them three feet away from all other objects, never leaving them unattended, and never using a heater intended for outdoors inside
Be sure all their windows and doors are properly weather sealed. Walk around the home and go to each window and outside the door. Hold a piece of paper at the edges and under to test for air moving from the outside. If the paper moves, the window or door needs better weather stripping to prevent cold air from coming in and warm air from moving out
Open the curtains during the day to let in more sunlight. This will provide ambient heat to warm up the space
You are not alone when you are a family caregiver. Though your responsibilities for your parent might seem overwhelming, you can rely on a senior home care services provider to help you give your loved one the care they need. Whether you live at a distance from your senior and need to arrange for consistent, ongoing care, or you only need a few specific tasks managed on a regular basis, senior care is the ideal supplement to the care you give. This allows your parent to feel confident they are able to live the life they want, while also giving you peace of mind that they will be safe and healthy as possible.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Care in Haverford, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care. Call today: 484-200-7347
Ibrahim recently completed a Professional Certificate in Management; He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) at a prestigious university in the UK.
With their passion for helping others and a strong background in customer services and clinical care, Ibrahim and his wife started assisting individuals in their homes.
Since started and operating Suma Home Care in 2010 in the basement of their home, Suma Home Care has provided professionals who work endlessly in providing clients with the highest quality of care, while enabling clients to maintain dignity, comfort and safety in their homes.
Suma Home Care, serves four counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Ibrahim is firmly connected to his local community and is always looking for ways to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Ibrahim enjoys spending time with his wife and children, travelling and enjoys sports.
Mariama Suma-Keita BSN RN
Born in Sierra Leone west Africa, relocated to America in 1999 from a civil war and settled since in the U.S.A as a Naturalized citizen Graduated from National school of nursing with an associate , and completed BSN in Nursing from Immaculata University graduated with Honor roll Alpha Lambda sigma, After escaping the war served as a refugee nurse in Gambia and Guinea to other displaced refugees before coming to America.
In the states started in Homecare then then transition into hospital, worked in Jefferson hospital as a Registered nurse on Tele and general medsurg floor, also worked in Einstein hospital as an oncology transplant nurse , I realized that I enjoy working with patients so much and believe in quality and compassionate care one at a time dealing with an holistic approach in caring for patients and family in a familiar environment called home , I see the impact and progress when they’re home , it makes them feel relax and progress fast with recovering at home. As a nurse and entrepreneur I understand that dedication to meeting people and families needs is a priority, and able to foster relationships with family and patients that is professional and friendly to help them stay and settled home as a desire.