Being cold is common during cooler months, but as a family caregiver, you should know that this cold can be more than uncomfortable for your aging parent.
Your senior could experience serious dangers as a result of the lower temperatures, including hypothermia. This condition occurs when the body temperature drops below normal and stays that way for an extended period. This can result in a variety of effects and even death. Elderly adults are at particular risk for hypothermia because their bodies are not as equipped to cope with the cold, cannot maintain their temperature as effectively, and they may be less capable of detecting when they are experiencing problems with the cold, reducing their ability to respond effectively and protect themselves. Knowing more about hypothermia can allow you to protect your parent, detect when they might be in danger, and take the steps to reduce their risk.
Some things you should know about hypothermia include:
-Though it generally occurs at much lower temperatures, hypothermia can occur in older adults in temperatures over 40 degrees, and even in homes that are kept at between 60 and 65 degrees, due to their reduced capacity to keep themselves warm
-Being wet such as due to rain or showering further increases the risk
-Between 1000 and 1600 people die in the United States each year as a result of hypothermia
-More than 67 percent of those who die from hypothermia are males
-An inactive lifestyle further increases the risk of hypothermia
-Certain health issues such as diabetes further increase the risk of hypothermia
-Certain medications, including some that are available over the counter, further increase the risk of hypothermia
It is important to talk to your parent’s doctor about their specific risk and what you can do to diminish this risk and protect them moving forward.
If you have been looking for ways to enhance your aging parents quality of life, now may be the ideal time for you to consider elder care for them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your parent on the schedule that is right for them, ensuring that they have continued access to the level of care, support, and assistance that will enable them to manage their individual challenges and limitations while still enabling you to manage their care routine. This means that they are able to pursue a lifestyle that is an independent, fulfilling, and healthy as possible while still enjoying a meaningful relationship with you during their later years. As their family caregiver, this can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing that they have everything that they need both when you are with them and when you are not.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home Elder Care in Fort Gratiot, MI, please contact the caring staff at Crystal Cares Home Care today. Call (810) 882-9915.
We believe in caring for our clients using a holistic approach. Our clients emotional care is just as important as their physical care. Yes, it is important that our caregivers prepare a nutritious meal, complete assigned housekeeping tasks, we believe it is just as important that we support and address the client’s emotional and spiritual needs.
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