Winter can be the perfect season to get out and enjoy the weather with your family and friends, but it can also be the best time to stay at home and curl up with a good book or movie. However, this can be easier said than done if you are a senior who is more susceptible to the cold.
If you’re looking to enjoy the winter comfortably inside your home, here are 5 easy ways to make your space as cozy as possible.
Keep Blinds and Curtains Closed
The most common reason for increased heating costs in the winter is a loss of heat, and the most common places where it occurs is through our windows and doors.
Avoid rising heat costs and a chilly home by closing your windows and pulling all drapes and curtains over them right away. It may make your home a bit darker, but it can go a long way in making it feel warmer and cozier!
Break Out the Blankets
As we age, our bodies struggle to maintain heat so while you may find the temperature perfectly pleasant and relaxing, it may, in fact, be so warm that it can drive up your heating costs and drive your guests into a sweat.
Start the day off by dressing in multiple layers or wrap yourself in a blanket. You’ll find yourself at the perfect temperature and feel comfier than ever before.
Use Plenty of Lotion
As we get older, our skin gets thinner and become more susceptible to the pains of dry air and cold weather. This can lead to cracks and blisters and can make a pleasant day feel uncomfortable.
Make sure to apply plenty of lotion over the course of the day to keep your skin smooth no matter how cold it gets.
Enjoy Meals with Family & Friends
Plenty of seniors struggle with maintaining a proper diet, which is especially concerning during the cold winter nights. Solve this problem by calling up your friends and family to plan delicious potlucks or dinners!
You won’t just be keeping your body healthy–you’ll also be keeping your mind healthy by surrounding yourself with wonderful company.
Take a Hot Water Bottle With You to Bed
There’s no worse feeling than waking up in the middle of the night feeling frigid, so avoid this frustration altogether by investing in a hot water bottle. These bottles are designed to keep you and the water as warm as possible for as long as possible, meaning you can place the bottle by the part of your body that gets cold the fastest.
The best part? They are made of a squishy and flexible material so they can fit comfortably wherever you put them!
Keeping warm in the winter can be a challenge for everyone, but especially for seniors who may have difficulty moving around or maintaining their health. If you or a loved one are looking to stay comfortable all season long, give our team of care professionals a call today and book your tour of our community!