While your loved one’s care and safety are crucial throughout the year, the winter and the cold pose particular risks to your loved ones. When the cold weather arrives, dehydration and even slip-and-fall dangers might present particular hardships.
In this article, we will highlight four key areas where being safe throughout the winter and taking care of your loved ones’ welfare in retirement homes in Florida go hand in hand. Hopefully, this article can contribute to the safety of your loved ones and those in need of supported living throughout the winter.
Winter Exercise to Boost the Immune System and Increase Blood Flow
Your loved ones can benefit substantially from several strength exercises that can be done throughout the winter at retirement homes in Florida.
Balance exercises are especially beneficial when the weather outside becomes too cold. We also advocate low-impact exercises like stretching and walking. To maintain flexibility and agility, our residents are encouraged to try some simple exercises like heel-toe walking, standing on one foot while supported by a chair, wall pushups, marching in place, toe lifts, and shoulder rolls.
We become more and more sensitive to frigid temperatures as we become older. Your loved ones may become unaware of their coldness due to other variables such as memory loss, blood flow issues, and chronic diseases. Budget constraints may lead to your loved ones “saving money” by turning off the heat, which can quickly result in hypothermia as they lose heat.
Since the effects of hypothermia, pneumonia, and dehydration are sometimes fatal, one of the only methods to ensure your loved one’s care is to either be there for them constantly or to leave them in the great hands of the friendly team at retirement homes in Florida.
The professional team at Veranda Club is attentive to the needs of residents to keep them safe – not only during winter but all throughout the year.
Opportunities for Socialization and Interaction
Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD) is a syndrome that results from a lack of sunshine, exercise, and being outside in the winter. When the weather turns chilly, your loved ones —especially those who are not living in supported communities—often find themselves cooped up indoors, which leads to loneliness and boredom.
It’s crucial to get in touch with your parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles to arrange visits and pay them frequent visits. In addition to ensuring that your loved ones interact with one another through social activities, hobbies, games, and events, retirement homes also provide immune-boosting vitamins and minerals like Vitamin D to make up for the absence of sunshine.
Safety as a Priority
In the winter, roaming incidents and fall dangers can be particularly risky. Older adults should always wear proper, slip-resistant shoes. Those with memory issues such as dementia or Alzheimer’s might also benefit from shoes with sewn-in identification.
In order to avoid slip and fall dangers, retirement communities in Florida include locking doors and railings. A wide range of other safety measures is taken to significantly lower the chance of injury.