I have been a client with Comfort Keepers for several years. They are a part of my daughter's waiver. My experience with them has been excellent. Especially, that of Kasheena Smith. She has been very helpful in assisting me with my daughter's supports plan. Without her help and guidance Janet would miss a lot of much needed support. I thank...
This is a follow up to a Q and A telephone survey regarding staff protocol. From the receptionist, to the client coordinators, to management, for me EVERYONE (now) is professional, knowledgeable, respectful, thoughtful, considerate and very helpful. I really enjoy talking to everyone there; especially Kashia...
During the winter months, it’s important to be aware of both indoor and outdoor safety issues for seniors. More time spent indoors means checking the living space for hazards, while colder weather requires bundling up before time is spent outside.
Make sure living spaces are clean, well-lit, and free of tripping hazards such as throw rugs. Areas that may require extra lighting include the bedroom and any staircases. Seniors are more prone to hypothermia than younger adults, so wear layers, gloves, boots, and other appropriate clothing outdoors. You can get more winter health tips for seniors by watching this video.
Jenkintown Comfort Keepers wants you and your senior loved ones to stay safe and warm this winter. We proudly offer in-home care services for seniors in Langhorne, PA. Please call (267) 415-4047 or click through our website to learn more about us!
Wintertime poses a unique health threat to seniors, who are more prone to dehydration, falls, heart trouble, and hypothermia than younger adults. Understanding winter health dangers for the elderly can help you take the appropriate steps to minimize them. Many seniors can benefit from the assistance an in-home caregiver can provide in shoveling snow, helping to maintain a safe environment indoors, and more.
Rise in Heart Problems and Stroke
The body responds to cold weather by constricting the arteries, which reduces the flow of blood. In seniors with existing conditions such as atherosclerosis and high blood pressure, further narrowing of the arteries poses a significant health hazard. A drop in temperature of less than two degrees Fahrenheit is associated with a rise in the number of heart attacks and strokes. Physical exertion in the cold, such as shoveling, puts additional strain on the heart.
Trips, Slips, and Falls
Slips and falls can cause serious injuries in seniors. As colder weather persists, seniors spend more time indoors where they are at risk of tripping on clutter, rugs, power cords, and other common home hazards. Outside, snow and ice make walking more dangerous than during the warm summer months. Wearing shoes with little traction that are not well suited to ice and snow can increase the likelihood of tripping and falling.
During the winter, daylight hours are shorter and nights are longer. This phenomenon is associated with a condition called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. SAD causes depression during the winter months and is thought to be associated with changes in the hormone melatonin, which regulates waking and sleeping cycles. Changes in the amount of sunlight can cause seniors to feel depressed, lack interest in eating, and withdraw from social and physical activities, putting them at higher risk for injury, illness, and malnutrition.
You can give your senior loved one the helping hand they need this winter by calling Jenkintown Comfort Keepers at (267) 415-4047. Our dedicated caregivers provide companionship and in-home assistance with chores, shopping, meals, and other tasks. Click through our blog to learn more about senior health.
Sheena Smith has been with Comfort Keepers for 7 years. She started out as a caregiver and worked her way up!!! Sheena is the SUPER scheduler!! She is a team player, outgoing and the best scheduler/supervisor! We love her!! She is awesome with our staff and loved by many!!!