Keeping an Eye on Seniors This Winter
MARION -- The elderly are some of the most susceptible to wintry weather and cold temperatures. Especially if they live alone. So it's important for seniors and those who look after them to take precautions right now.
Local senior care experts are encouraging people to reach out and lend a helping hand.
A large number of seniors live on their own but aren't well enough to take care of themselves properly during the winter.
Mangers at Fifth Season Assisted Living facility say, make sure to check on your friends and loved ones regularly.
"I would say at least once or twice a day in the really frigid weather. Because you just never know, especially somebody with heart problems and stuff like that," says Christy McDaniel.
The elderly should stay indoors but if they have to go out one of the biggest risks is falling on ice or snow.
"Make sure you wear flat shoes with a rough surface, so you reduce your possibility of slipping or falling," says Addus Health Care Executive Director Debra Mitchell.
Proper heat in the home is also important. Micthell says avoid the use of electric blankets and heating pads.
"Seniors have very sensitive skin and although it might feel very good in no time you could have a burn on your hands if you're not careful."
Mitchell also believes seniors need a good support system to make sure they stay safe.
"I encourage and challenge everyone to look around their neighborhood and make sure that their neighbors are taken care of."
Both experts say the most important thing during the winter weather is to make sure seniors have plenty of food, water and medication.
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