While summer is just turning to fall, the last thing you might want to think about right now is winter, but it’s important when it comes to senior care. Is your elderly mother prepared for winter, or how about just the cold autumn nights? Do you or the senior care services professional know where all of the winter wear happens to be?
When the spring thaw hits across the country, one of the first things that we tend to do is pack away those winter earmuffs, gloves, hats, scarves, and anything else that takes up valuable space. We might have put them in a box and stuffed them into the attic and by the time we’ve gone through so many other items, it might now be stuck behind pool supplies or rakes are who knows what else.
It’s never too early to start thinking about winter wear to make sure that your elderly loved one has the right clothing for the time of year.
First, determine what kind of clothing that he or she will need throughout the autumn months. They may not need much, depending on where they live. In southern climates, the days will tend to remain warm, but the nights can sometimes get cool, so it’s a good idea to make sure that there are plenty of long sleeve pullovers available. A nice zippered sweat jacket can be an easy addition for most outings.
Hats are also an important cold weather garment that is often neglected, especially when the weather is still fairly warm. However, if the temperature drops to around 40 degrees, for example, 70 percent of the body’s heat can escape through the scalp. Even if your parent still has a full head of hair, you want to make sure that they have a hat with them when they go out and the weather may get cold.
If your loved one has a heart condition, it’s especially important to make sure that their extremities are kept warm, such as the fingers and toes, to keep their heart from having to work harder to keep them warm.
When you think about senior care at this time of the year, it can be easy to overlook the important factor of warm clothing for those cold months coming. While we may just be inching into autumn, winter won’t be far behind and it’s best to be prepared early to ensure safety and comfort for everyone involved.
Care Connection provides senior care in Grand Ledge, MI. For more information about our caregiver services, please call us today at (517) 489-2489.