People walking on a snowy sidewalk.

Caregiving and Winter Conditions

In recent weeks, cold weather has swept through Idaho, and as our winter continues, so does the cold temperatures and precipitation. For caregivers of any age, this can make the task of caring for your loved one a bit more difficult. Trips to the grocery store, the pharmacy, doctor’s visits, etc., may take longer, as to make up for travel time. Winter conditions also create hazards when accessing the outdoors such as icy patches on sidewalks and driveways, as well as the possibility of frostbite or hypothermia.  Wintertime tips and educational resources are available online to ensure you and your loved one remains safe and healthy. 

 

  • Be prepared to stay safe and healthy in the winter: 

CDC-Winter Safety 

  • Winter Driving-For winter driving preparation and tips, the National Safety Council has published a winter seasonal safety guideline for travel and driving. 

National Safety Council 

  • If traveling on the highway, the Idaho Transportation Department provides an up to date report on all highway road conditions.  

Idaho Transportation Department

  • Hypothermia and Frostbite-What is hypothermia and frostbite and how to avoid them. Visit this link to the CDC’s website where they discuss hypothermia and frostbite signs and symptoms, as well as who is at most risk. 

CDC-Hypothermia 

Avoid, spot, and treat frostbite and hypothermia:

Avoid, Spot, Treat

 

Stay safe and healthy in the winter months by taking precautions and planning ahead. Getting informed and having a plan will help to mitigate risks of injury and impairment.

(Blog written by Kara Boyerkidder)

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