Many people are affected by the cold and snowy winter months. Getting outside, even for a brief errand, can be both difficult and dangerous. The elderly are especially at risk for broken bones from falls on ice, breathing problems caused by cold air, hypothermia and frost bite. Many elders hold less body heat due to a slower metabolism and reduced physical activity so they feel the cold more severely. And, as people age, the ability to feel changes in temperature decreases, making it important for elders to monitor the house temperature and to dress in layers.
For the elderly, the winter months can also be long and lonely. For many, hiring a home maker for even a few hours a day two or three times a week can help to make the winter months more enjoyable. A homemaker can do the grocery shopping and prepare some nutritious meals, accompany an elder to trips to the doctor, dentist or hairdresser, provide light housekeeping, even walk the dog. And the interaction with another person can be stimulating and entertaining.
If you are interested in hiring a homemaker, click here for more information on all the services available from HomeCare, Inc. and how you can get started.
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