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How to Stay Healthy During the Winter


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Senior walking in the parke during winter time

Health Tips for Seniors from the Caregivers at Home Instead

Even though it gets a bad rap, winter is actually, a glorious time of year. The crisp cold air can be intoxicating, so can a gorgeous sunny day. It is a fun season full of holidays and opportunities to get outside for some skiing or snowshoeing, even for seniors. You or your senior can do many things your younger counterparts can. You just have to be smart about it.

Continue to enjoy being active all year round, even during a cold winter. The caregivers at Home Instead Senior Care in Etobicoke assist you or your senior loved one to keep moving and living life at its fullest. We have a wide range of services such as personal care, household duties, and meals and nutrition, tailored to your unique needs and situations. We are here throughout the year – winter, spring, summer, and fall – giving you the best in home care.

3 Way to Stay Healthy throughout Winter

You may think that you know everything you need to do to stay away from the hospital. Of course, eating healthy and drinking plenty of fluids is a start, but some other things can take you down quickly. Keep these suggestions in mind this season:

  1. Avoid Hypothermia. This condition arises when your body temperature drops too low. This often happens when you are outside for extended periods. It can also occur if your home is too cold. Here are a few steps to prevent hypothermia:
    1. Stay indoors on frigid days. If you don’t need to be anywhere else, then stay at home!
    2. Dress for the weather when outside. If you must go out, dress warmly in layers of clothing, scarves, hats, gloves, winter coat, and boots.
    3. Set your thermostat to 20-22 degrees Celsius. Trying to save on your heating bills can leave you feeling sick from being too cold. To save money, close off vents and doors to rooms you do not use.
  2. Slow Down When Walking. Falling is a not uncommon among seniors, and the complications can be dangerous. You can lessen your chances of falling by:
    1. Walk on surfaces that have been cleared of snow and ice. Pay particular attention to those areas that are wet. They could have a light sheet of ice across them.
    2. Wear boots or shoes with non-skid soles. Upon going into your home, remove your wet shoes. Built-up snow and ice will melt and leave puddles throughout. You do not want slippery conditions inside.
    3. Replace the tip of your cane. Put on a new rubber tip, or consider putting on an ice pick-type of attachment. You will enjoy the added traction as you walk outside.
  3. Pay close attention to your nutritional intake. Winter generally means we stay inside more frequently, which may mean you eat from a smaller variety of food groups. This can lead to vitamin deficiencies. Try to take in nutrient-dense foods that have Vitamin D in them. For example, drink milk and eat grains, tuna, eggs and salmon.

Stay Healthy and Safe All Winter Long – Home Instead Senior Care Can Help

Staying safe and healthy this winter is easier when you have help from a Personal Support Worker who can assist with cooking and personal care. The highly trained caregivers at Home Instead Senior Care in Etobicoke strive to meet your elderly loved one's or your needs. We understand the needs of our aging population and step in to lend a helping hand no matter what the weather is outside.

Call us at (416) 239-2200 to schedule a no-obligation, in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality home care we deliver each day to families in the Etobicoke area.


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