Winter strikes with many diseases, specially for elderly people. Elderly people are at high risk of falling ill during winters as either the existing diseases turn severe, or they develop some common seasonal diseases. As winter account cold and snowfall, they need help frequently. If you have an older person in your family who stays alone and is very dear to you, take special care of him during this season. There are many factors that need to be considered while caring for elderly people such as hygiene, medical care, nutrition, maintenance of home, shopping for grocery and medical prescriptions, etc.
As elderly people found difficulty while doing physical tasks, help them. Make sure that they don`t do excessive physical work as it may lead to strain or other major problems. Winter accompanies extreme cold that makes the situation even more critical. Help elderly family members by shopping grocery items for them. Don`t allow them to go for shopping as it could be dangerous for their health. While purchasing grocery, buy everything they need in large quantity and store it so that they can use it for more time.
Most of the elderly people do not like taking help from anyone and do some rigorous activities on their own such as snow or ice shoveling. Don`t allow them to do this and do it by yourself while you visit their home. Call them regularly so that you can know their health status. Ask them if they need anything or if there is any health issue that might be presenting difficulty to them. Help them if needed.
At later stages of life almost all of us develop some health problems due to one or other reason for which we have to take medicines to control them. As your loved ones also need to buy these formulations regularly, go get it for them. Help them in buying their medicines or ask medical outlets to do the home delivery, if applicable, of prescribed medicines at their home.
It is very important to keep elderly people well hydrated as they drink less water during winters that could pose a serious threat to their health. Assist them in all outdoor activities as severe cold may attack them at any point of time. Check if they are wearing warm clothes during morning and evening hours as cold is at peak during these hours.
Take care of your loved elderly person so that they can pass on winters safely.