With winter approaching, there’s an increase in the elderly falling due to cold weather and weak/stiff joints. Not only is this an issue, but one’s health is generally at risk during the winter more than any other point in the year as well. A quarter of our DNA actually changes with each season, and winter forces us to stay inside in warm, stuffy rooms that allow more bacteria to spread. It’s important during this time of year to really set aside some time to ensure the health of yourself and your loved ones. Here are some fall prevention tips to prep for the changing seasons.
Winter Fall Prevention
The best way to practice fall prevention in your home is to make sure everything is clean and well placed. This is a good time to make sure anyone that you know is older or has weak joints is visited on a regular basis. Make sure that common areas in their home are not cluttered with items that may trip them, such as any type of area rug, boxes, appliances, and so on. Hallways should also be clear and properly lighted at all times. Check the bathroom to see if grab bars are properly installed, and also consider changing old style bathtubs to step through tubs.
Keep Up Your Immune System
Everyone knows the danger of catching something as common as a cold can turn into something much worse, such as pneumonia. To keep your immune system in great condition, it’s crucial for fall prevention to remember to watch your diet, your habits, and your sleep intake. Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat. It’s also good to keep habits like drinking to a very low amount and to avoid smoking at all costs. Lastly, a well rested body is one that will perform well under any physical stress. To avoid joint pain, take up small exercises at least two times a week, with hand-held weights and bands that will help build muscle around all weakened joints.
Health During the Holidays
Thanksgiving and Christmas are the times when families get together to enjoy good food and company. It’s also a great time to discuss, as a family, any concerns you may have regarding an older adult that may soon need some type of physical care, either in the home, or possibly by moving to an Assisted Living. It’s better to be proactive in your planning, versus waiting until a crisis hits. Take time to discuss care concerns, possible options for receiving care, and ultimately, how will that care be paid for.
Where to Go for Help
Making decisions to help an older member of your family should never be stressful. When someone’s safety and well being is in the question, you must do you best to find an option suitable to your family’s needs and financial plan. Work with a local Senior Placement Agency that can provide excellent guidance in helping you navigate your options, and ultimately help you develop a plan to keep your loved ones safe. Consider Lifetime Solutions to help take care of the people you love to their best effort as well as offer financial aid and assistance so that there’s nothing stopping you from getting your family into a better, more secure living situation.