In recognition of the extreme weather in Texas and surrounding states, we at ivalueSafety.com want to share a reminder to Check On Elderly/Disabled During Cold Temperatures & Storms per the following:
Guardian Angels Homecare reminds us to be attentive to our elderly/disabled neighbors during storms. From shoveling their driveway to gathering their mail, confirming they have power/heat and being proactive in assisting neighbors is appreciated.
Concerns for older adults seem to be common sense. Elders have functioned independently throughout their life and may be hesitant to ask for help.
Some points to consider during winter weather – Elders have difficulty regulating their body temperature especially if on certain medications (blood thinners) making them more prone to hypothermia. Because of this, outdoor excursions can be even more dangerous. A simple trip to the mailbox or to get the newspaper can be a serious undertaking. Also, the strain of shoveling snow leaves many elders susceptible to injury and heart attack.
Confirm if your community has warming centers available and offer transportation to and from if required.
Another point to consider – the “winter blues” can affect everyone, but particularly the elderly. A recent survey of elderly in the United Kingdom revealed 21% of respondents fear being stranded at home during winter storms. According to Guardian Angels, approximately every 83 minutes, someone who is 65 or older commits suicide in the United States. Many elders have had a loss of companionship, independence and mobility.
Given these facts, a simple visit to an elderly neighbor can make a world of difference in their life, especially when the weather hands us complications.