The winter season is a favorite amongst many people. In most places, everywhere is filled with snow, the ambiance becomes more tranquil and everyone feels at peace. However, these colder months may cause problems for a certain group of people, which are mature adults and their caregivers. Being in an environment that is too cold can become dangerous for your mature loved ones, and that is why it is important to know the safe temperature at home to keep your loved ones comfortable and healthy. Here are a few reasons why warmth is important to mature adults along with how to keep them warm.
Importance of Staying Warm
In our younger years, it is easier for us to regulate our body temperature even in cold environments. However, many mature adults do not have this privilege, especially those suffering from chronic conditions like diabetes. A large portion of them also takes medication that aggravates dehydration which also affects their ability to keep warm. Memory and mobility issues can also affect your loved ones as they find it harder to act when they feel cold. Frugal adults will also try to keep their heaters on a lower setting to save on the electricity cost without actually realizing how doing so will take a toll on their bodies. When their body becomes too cold, their loved ones are also at risk of hypothermia, which leads to serious complications like heart attack and liver damage.
Ideal Indoor Temperature
The ideal indoor temperature recommended by experts would be at least 68 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit or more during the cold season. Known as the Goldilocks zone, this mid-level temperature is not too hot or cold. Your loved ones should not be in an environment that is too warm as well as the dry hot air is perfect for bacteria growth, increasing the chances of illnesses. Needless to say, you should check with your loved ones what temperature they are more comfortable in. You can also have a humidifier and plants in the house to help them with air quality.
How to Keep Warm
Aside from fiddling with the thermostat, there are other ways to keep your loved ones warm during the winter days. Ensuring sufficient insulation before the cold season does help, along with sealing the windows and doors to avoid losing too much heat. Any spaces where drafts can enter should be fixed and encourage your loved ones to wear warmly even at home, should it be required. Long johns, socks, and warm slippers can help them keep warm too. Bundle them up in warm blankets and ensure they eat and drink well. Eating well ensures that your loved ones have enough fats to keep them warm, and drinking a lot of water will help them with dehydration. Avoid drinking too much alcohol as well, as it can affect their body’s ability to regulate its temperature as well. Staying active will help them warm up their body physically, so encourage them to do so whenever possible.