Caregivers in Southbury CT
Winter weather, as well as keeping warm with heat at home, can do a number on your elderly loved one's skin. As a family caregiver, there are quite a few things that you can do that can help her to avoid dry, irritated skin, though. In fact, some of these tips can help you, too.
Always Use Moisturizer
Moisturizer helps to provide a protective layer between your loved one's skin and the elements. You want to use a lotion that is heavy-duty and one that preferably sinks into the skin quickly without feeling sticky. If your loved one applies lotion directly after a shower, that can help to lock the moisture from the shower in close to her skin, providing even more moisturizing benefits.
Drink Plenty of Water
Many elderly loved ones don't notice that they're thirsty, and with the weather being dry and cool in winter, they may not be drinking as much water as they should. Water helps your loved one's body to keep itself, including the skin, hydrated from the inside out. Try keeping a water bottle handy for your loved one and be sure to check the levels frequently. You can even try "racing" with your loved one to see who can finish their bottle by a certain time, say a couple of hours from when you start, to make the process more fun.
Cover Up Your Loved One's Skin When Outside
Your loved one's skin can dry out even more from windburn and just being exposed to cold air, so when she goes outside, make sure that as much of her skin as possible is covered. Scarves, gloves, and hats are all helpful for this. Even if she's only going from the car to the house or to another inside location, it's still important to bundle her up as much as possible.
Keep Showers Shorter and Cooler
Hot showers are heavenly on cold days, but water that's too hot can actually dry out your loved one's skin. Try to keep showers a little cooler than raging hot and keep them a little shorter, too. This is a good time to check the temperature on your loved one's water heater to make sure that it isn't set too high.
Check the Indoor Humidity Level
Excess humidity isn't fun in the summer months, but dry winter air can make you miss it in a hurry. Use an indoor thermometer with a built-in humidity sensor to measure humidity levels. If the sensors report that the humidity levels are low, then it's time to fire up a humidifier to get some moisture back in the air. In a pinch, a simmering pot of water with citrus slices smells great and adds moisture to the air.
Caring for your loved one's skin is sometimes challenging in the winter, but these tips can make it easier.
If you or an aging loved one are considering help for family caregivers in Southbury, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.