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Tips to Stay Warm During the Cold Season

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The effects of the cold season in people vary. However, what is true is that it can affect how we feel. It can even affect the health conditions and the pain that we have.

Terminally-ill loved ones, aging individuals, and young children are more vulnerable during colder weather. Their bodies may not be capable of managing temperatures well, so they end up getting sick and feeling uncomfortable.

Using the following tips, you and your family members can stay warm during the cold season:

1 – Check the home’s heating system.

Observe proper use and maintenance of your home’s heating system, so they can operate efficiently for long periods of time. It should also be clean to ensure efficient performance. If your heating system is not working as efficiently as it should, have a professional check on it and make the necessary repairs.

Furthermore, make sure that the heating system is set to the right temperature. The setting must be good enough, especially for aging or sick loved ones.

2 – Dress appropriately.

Instead of wearing one thick layer, you might want to consider putting on several layers of thin clothes. Choose clothes that are made from fleece or wool. Consider wearing thermal clothing items, such as underwear. Put hand warmers inside your coat pockets, too, when going out.

Heat escapes from any exposed part of the body. So, you might also want to put on a hat designed for the cold weather. Have blankets available in all areas of the house so that your loved ones can easily grab what is near them. Just make sure that these blankets do not become tripping hazards on the floor.

3 – Eat healthily.

Eat more fruits and vegetables so that your body gets the nutrients necessary to function properly. These nutrients can help your body manage the cold and produce heat better.

At the same time, prepare and serve warm meals during the cold weather. Sip warm liquids, such as tea, coffee, milk, soups, and broths.

4 – Have useful medications available.

No matter how prepared we may be, there are still situations where sore throat, colds, and flu may still get the better of us. Be sure to have medications for these ailments available at home. Use them properly whenever needed.

5 – Stay active.

Moving helps you stay warmer. Additionally, it helps you build and maintain muscles which are necessary to produce body heat. Exercising or even doing household chores count as physical activity.

If you or your aging and sick loved ones need assistance and care at home, don’t hesitate to contact Lowenhill Home Care Services today!

Smart Tips on How to Wash Your Hands Properly

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Washing your hands properly is one of the best ways you can do to prevent the spread of disease-causing germs and avoid getting sick. Unfortunately, not all people know the proper way to wash their hands. They do not even have the habit of washing their hands when it matters.

Proper Hand Washing Steps

Actually, there are steps that you have to take to ensure that you are properly washing your hands. Not many individuals know this, so here are the steps for proper handwashing:

  • Put your hands over clean, running water to wet them.
  • Once they are thoroughly wet, apply soap to them. If you are using liquid or powder soap, pour a good amount on a cupped hand. If you are using bar soap, rub both your hands on its surface until you get a good amount.
  • You have to lather well by rubbing your hands vigorously for no less than 20 seconds. Make sure to scrub all surfaces including the wrists, in between the fingers, the back of each hand, and under every fingernail.
  • Rinse thoroughly until there is no soap left.
  • Use a clean cloth, clean paper towel, or air dryer to dry your hands.
  • Use the cloth or paper towel or tissue to turn the faucet off. The surface of the faucet is already dirty and using any of the mentioned items will prevent the germ from getting back to your already clean hands.

Is Using a Sanitizer Enough?

You may use a sanitizer if your hand is not visibly dirty and if there is no soap and water available to you. An alcohol-based sanitizer is best. Alcohol content must be at least 60%.

Pour a good amount of sanitizer on your hands, enough to wet them fully. Rub your hands together, scrubbing all surfaces until they dry out.

Situations When You Should Be Washing Your Hands

Make hand washing a habit, especially in these situations:

  • before eating
  • before handling a baby
  • before inserting your contact lenses
  • after coughing or blowing your nose
  • after touching an animal, its feeds or waste
  • after changing diapers
  • after using the toilet
  • after blowing your nose
  • after touching or throwing trash
  • before and after preparing meals
  • before and after caring for an ill person
  • before and after treating wounds

Lowenhill Home Care Services helps you and your loved ones stay healthy, happy, and comfortable at home through our care services. Contact us today to avail of our care!