The holidays are a happy, festive time of the year, but for seniors, this season also brings certain health and safety risks due to winter weather, flu season and the general hustle and bustle. As part of your in-home caregiver duties, you can take steps to ensure your elderly loved one’s safety during the holiday season. Read on as Griswold Home Care of Wheat Ridge shares some tips.
Make Sure Seniors Get a Flu Shot
People over the age of 65 are at an increased risk for developing serious complications from the flu, due to the immune system weakening with age. In fact, 70 to 85 percent of flu-related deaths occur in this age group, according to the CDC. There is a senior-specific flu shot that is recommended for people over the age of 65. Encourage your senior loved ones to talk to their doctor about getting the shot.
Arrange for Snow Shoveling Services
Shoveling snow is not a good idea for senior citizens who are at a higher risk of falling or overexerting themselves than younger people, but leaving the driveway and walkways covered in ice or snow is even more dangerous. If your senior family member is responsible for snow removal at their property, encourage them to hire a snow removal service to take care of this task.
Help Seniors Put Up Holiday Decorations
Putting up the Christmas tree and other decorations is a great way to embrace the holiday cheer. However, for seniors who may have limited mobility or strength, reaching high places to arrange decorations is a bad idea. Offer to help your senior loved one decorate their home this year; that way, you can create special memories while also ensuring your loved one’s safety.
Give Seniors a Ride to Holiday Events
The holidays can be an isolating time for seniors who may not feel comfortable traveling away from their home during the winter. When possible, offer to provide transportation for your senior loved one so they can safely attend holiday festivities.
How Griswold Home Care Can Help
Griswold Home Care of Wheat Ridge provides in-home assistance for elderly people in Colorado. For information on our senior care services, call us today at (303) 622-5585. We’ll be happy to connect you with one of our experienced caregivers.