Preventing Hypothermia When Inside

Elder Care Seven Hills, NV: Preventing Hypothermia
Elder Care Seven Hills, NV: Preventing Hypothermia

We may not think about getting hypothermia while inside our homes, but did you know that living in a cold house or apartment can cause hypothermia, especially in your aging parent? The elderly lose body heat more quickly than younger people, and then have a more difficult time raising their body temperature back up. It is sometimes often difficult for your aging parent to even feel that she is getting too cold. To prevent hypothermia from happening in her home, you can help her take the following actions.  

  • Set thermostats to 68-70 degrees 
    If your parent is unsure how to set her thermostat, either you or your elder care provider can help her set it. It might be a higher temp than your parent is used to from days in the past, but assure her this range is needed to make sure she doesn’t get too cold. If the cost of heating is a worry, help your parent set up the home to be energy efficient by caulking up drafty areas or even just closing doors to rooms that are no longer used (and turning off the heat in that room). A simple walk through the home with a lit candle can help you detect where drafts are present (watch the flickering flame).  
  •  Dress for warmth, even when inside 
    Your parent should dress in layers when around the home. That way, if she is busy working in the kitchen or dusting the shelves, she can keep on her lighter layers. But once she is resting, she should make sure to put on her slippers, an extra sweater and maybe even a blanket over her lap to keep her warm and her body temperature stable.  
  • Eat and drink wisely 
    To keep warm, it’s important that your aging parent is eating well and staying at a healthy weight. Many elderly people lose their appetite, so having an elder care provider making sure your parent is eating a well-balanced diet that provides her all the calories she needs, will help prevent your elderly parent from losing too much weight. A low body weight can cause a person to lose body heat more quickly, possibly causing hypothermia. It’s also important to encourage your parent to not drink a lot of alcohol. Alcohol can also cause a body to lose body heat quickly.  
  • Keep moving 
    Daily activity will help keep the body warm. Encourage your parent to do daily exercises, whether in the home or outside. It’ll help increase blood flow which will warm her body. Even simple stretches and walking around the home will help.  
  • Check in on your parent 
    During the coldest of months, have some people lined up to check in regularly with your elderly parent to make sure her home is staying warm and safe for her. Your elder care provider can be a great resource for this task if your circle of people who can enter your parent’s home safely is reduced at this time due to pandemic. 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elder Care in Seven Hills, NV please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care.

Source: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/cold-weather-safety-older-adults 

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Preventing Hypothermia When Inside

Elder Care Seven Hills, NV: Preventing Hypothermia
Elder Care Seven Hills, NV: Preventing Hypothermia

We may not think about getting hypothermia while inside our homes, but did you know that living in a cold house or apartment can cause hypothermia, especially in your aging parent? The elderly lose body heat more quickly than younger people, and then have a more difficult time raising their body temperature back up. It is sometimes often difficult for your aging parent to even feel that she is getting too cold. To prevent hypothermia from happening in her home, you can help her take the following actions.  

  • Set thermostats to 68-70 degrees 
    If your parent is unsure how to set her thermostat, either you or your elder care provider can help her set it. It might be a higher temp than your parent is used to from days in the past, but assure her this range is needed to make sure she doesn’t get too cold. If the cost of heating is a worry, help your parent set up the home to be energy efficient by caulking up drafty areas or even just closing doors to rooms that are no longer used (and turning off the heat in that room). A simple walk through the home with a lit candle can help you detect where drafts are present (watch the flickering flame).  
  •  Dress for warmth, even when inside 
    Your parent should dress in layers when around the home. That way, if she is busy working in the kitchen or dusting the shelves, she can keep on her lighter layers. But once she is resting, she should make sure to put on her slippers, an extra sweater and maybe even a blanket over her lap to keep her warm and her body temperature stable.  
  • Eat and drink wisely 
    To keep warm, it’s important that your aging parent is eating well and staying at a healthy weight. Many elderly people lose their appetite, so having an elder care provider making sure your parent is eating a well-balanced diet that provides her all the calories she needs, will help prevent your elderly parent from losing too much weight. A low body weight can cause a person to lose body heat more quickly, possibly causing hypothermia. It’s also important to encourage your parent to not drink a lot of alcohol. Alcohol can also cause a body to lose body heat quickly.  
  • Keep moving 
    Daily activity will help keep the body warm. Encourage your parent to do daily exercises, whether in the home or outside. It’ll help increase blood flow which will warm her body. Even simple stretches and walking around the home will help.  
  • Check in on your parent 
    During the coldest of months, have some people lined up to check in regularly with your elderly parent to make sure her home is staying warm and safe for her. Your elder care provider can be a great resource for this task if your circle of people who can enter your parent’s home safely is reduced at this time due to pandemic. 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elder Care in Seven Hills, NV please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care.

Source: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/cold-weather-safety-older-adults 



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