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Baby, It's Cold Outside
By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer
For many loved ones, travel is hard
during the cold winter months. A caregiver can be an
advocate by eliminating any unnecessary travel, shopping
for their loved one and encouraging family members and
friends to visit at the loved oneís home. Take advantage
of the nicer, sunny days and donít push medical
appointments that can be put off if the cold is too
extreme or snow too deep. Another option for medical
appointments is for a caregiver to look into a visiting
physician service if travel is too difficult.
A big safety issue in wintertime is
falls. A caregiver can help prevent this common
injury-causing scenario by keeping sidewalks and door
entryways clear. Think of things that might cause a
loved one to go outside? The mail? Pets?
Appointments? A caregiver can be available or have
someone nearby to assist with these daily tasks while
the weather is less-than-desirable.
Donít worry, be happy
Cabin fever isnít just for newlyweds
taking refuge in a north woods cabin. Many seniors
struggle immensely with this season of isolation and
Vitamin D deprivation.
Remind a loved one to drink plenty of water, eat well
and exercise indoors as much as possible. Many
senior-friendly exercise videos are available.
Encourage socialization by inviting
friends and family who are able to travel for a visit.
"Brain" games such as word and number puzzles and simply
reading the daily paper help a loved one maintain a
sense of connection during the long winter months.
Keeping warm isn't the only thing on a
caregiver's to-do list during the cold season. Ensuring
a loved one is safe and content are also important and
will make for a faster, happier winter for all.