Even though you care for others as a caregiver, there are things you can do to care for yourself that will keep you safe and help to make your job easier. Wintertime can be challenging to everyone, but when you’re regularly driving from location to location to care for consumers, the likelihood of running into trouble can be greater. Below is a short list of tips to help keep yourself safe and healthy during this long winter season.
Combat depression caused by wintertime
During the grey of winter, it can be an especially lonely time for many. Dangerous conditions can make it difficult to get around and sometimes isolation and frustration can lead to wintertime depression. Check in and visit with your loved ones more often during this time if possible. If not, phone calls and written letters are the next best thing. If distance is an issue, arrange for neighbors or friends to check in from time to time.
Watch closely for icy surfaces and avoid falling
Wearing non-skid soles or shoes with good traction will help prevent slipping, and removing shoes when first coming back indoors will prevent any ice from melting and causing dangerous conditions within the home.
Wear good winter clothing and stay warm
When temperatures start dipping low, so dips body temperature, and too much cold can lead to dangerous conditions like hypothermia or frostbite. Keep the temperature indoors at a comfortable and warm level, and utilize gloves, scarfs, warm socks, waterproof shoes, and a snug hat when outside.
Eat a balanced and healthy diet
Nutritional deficits such as Vitamin D deficiency are more common during the winter because people tend to eat a smaller variety of foods. It is recommended that seniors consume foods high in Vitamin D like milk, whole grain, and seafood like tuna or salmon.
Use universal precautions and don’t forget about flu season
Get your flu shot and make sure you wash your hands thoroughly. Protecting yourself will protect those you care about.
Make sure your vehicle is properly prepared for winter
Maintaining wiper fluid and good tires can make all the difference when traveling in the unpredictable winter weather we have in The Springs. If the weather turns bad give yourself the extra time you need. It’s always better to be a few minutes early. Keep an emergency kit in your car just in case. Blankets, candles, water, snacks, and warm clothes are a must for travel!
Be aware of your surroundings
Don’t leave your car running if you aren’t in it.
Make sure someone knows where you are
If someone knows where you are and when you should be home, they can send help in the event that you don’t make it home as planned.