We are fortunate to live in a warm climate, but this does not mean that temperatures do not dip on occasion creating chaos for many on the Space Coast. We all know that younger children and pets are especially vulnerable to the cold. We take special steps to cover our fragile tropical plants and even keep our water pipes warm. However, the senior population is especially susceptible to the cold and it is important to remember them during our seasonal dips.
Champion Home Health Care has the privilege of assisting so many seniors in Melbourne, FL and beyond with professional caring and competent home health care. From light housework and companionship to wound care, surgical recovery, and round-the-clock care, we are capable of creating a plan that benefits the senior in your life and helps take the burden off of caregivers, if only for a moment or two. We know how special seniors are and want to ensure their safety when the thermometer drops. Here are some tips on what to do when it turns chilly out.
Dress for Success
When temperatures go down, you need to be sure that you are wearing the right clothing to accommodate the shift. You may think that a 40-degree day in Brevard County does not necessitate heavier clothing, but remember that our average daily temps are much higher than elsewhere. Any drop creates a shock to the system and seniors are more likely to lose body heat faster. It may feel like overkill to don a hat and mittens but it may be important to your health. Keep yourself and any seniors you know safe by wearing weather appropriate clothing.
Crank the Heat
When it gets colder outside, make sure inside is nice and comfortable. If you care for a loved one who is elderly, make sure to check in on them and ensure that their home is warm enough. They may not know that the weather has changed or fail to take the proper precautions.
Keep an Emergency Kit
Here in Brevard County, we all know to prep for hurricane season with back up batteries, flashlights, extra dry goods, and nonperishable foods. The same is true for cold snaps. While we may never experience a true winter storm, it is wise to be prepared for power outages.
Be Safe Around Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide, CO2, is an odorless, tasteless gas that is given off any time you burn fuel. CO2 can be given off by gas ranges, furnaces, grills, and more. When it gets cold out many people seek the comfort of space heaters and fireplaces and while they rarely make an appearance in Florida, it is not unheard of. If you or someone you care for use one of these, it is especially important to check the household carbon monoxide detectors.