It is bitterly cold today in Michigan! While we hope you are taking the time to protect yourselves when you step outside to head to work, we want to make sure you are also thinking of your elderly loved ones during this weather. Often we are quick to focus on our own needs versus others. Seniors can lose body heat fast – faster than when they were young. Changes in their bodies that comes with aging can make it hard for them to be aware of just how cold it really is. A chill can quickly turn into a very dangerous problem before an elderly individual even knows what’s happening. Here are some great things to keep in mind to help keep the elderly population safe during this cold stretch.
Here are some tips for keeping seniors warm while they’re inside:
- Set the heat to at least 68–70°F. To save on heating bills, close off rooms they are not using. Close the vents and shut the doors in these rooms, and keep the basement door closed. Place a rolled towel in front of all doors to keep out drafts.
- Make sure the house isn’t losing heat through windows. Keep the blinds and curtains closed. If seniors have gaps around the windows, try using weather stripping or caulk to keep the cold air out.
- Make sure they dress warmly on cold days even if they are staying in the house. Throw a blanket over their legs. Wear socks and slippers.
- When they go to sleep, have them wear long underwear under their pajamas, and use extra covers. Wear a cap or hat.
- Ask family or friends to check on them during cold weather. If a power outage leaves them without heat, try to stay with a relative or friend.