As winter weather approaches this weekend, those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia should be on notice that snow, extreme temperatures and early darkness present challenges. Caregivers may be unsure how to best prepare for these conditions when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, however, the Alzheimer’s Association offers a few safety tips for navigating winter as a caregiver.
A few tips from the Association include:
● Be prepared. Check weather conditions regularly and have emergency plans in place.
● Bundle up. Assist a loved one with Alzheimer’s who may not be able to dress appropriately for winter weather conditions.
● Avoid slips and falls. Assume all surfaces are slick and take precautionary measures.
● Winter brings decreased sunlight. Make daylight last by turning on indoor lights earlier, opening curtains or installing motion detector lights.
● Prevent wandering. Enroll in the MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® – a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer’s or other dementias who wander or have a medical emergency.
● Ask for help with snow/ice removal, grocery shopping or other errands.