Winter Cold and Snow Presents Special Concerns and Serious Risks for Seniors
Elders are particularly vulnerable to the chills and spills of winter,” said Nancy Carman, Certified Geriatric Care Manager for SeniorWise Care Management. “But a little planning for their indoor and outdoor safety will go a long way toward keeping them safe and independent.”
STAYING WARM THE RIGHT WAY
Hypothermia is a condition that can occur when the body’s temperature drops to 95°F or below. Elders over 75 years of age are five times more likely to die from hypothermia than those who are younger.
Hypothermia can occur if you are dressed inappropriately,indoors or out, or get chilled in rain or snow. Living conditions,diet, illness and some medications may also increase a senior’s risk for hypothermia.
“One concern in our current economy,” says Carman, “is that seniors may try to save dollars by keeping their thermostats at dangerously low temperatures or using space heaters that up their risk for carbon monoxide poisoning or fires.”
“We advise the elders we serve to make sure their furnaces are working safely and efficiently, that they have enough food, flashlights and batteries in case of emergencies, and that they have plans in place for someone to check in on them, shovel snow and de-ice their walkways,etc. We ask them to not go out unless absolutely necessary when road conditions threaten to turn bad and discuss what kind of services we can arrange for them e.g. food delivery, transportation to appointments, check-ins etc.”
Falls and their related consequences are one of the leading causes of death in people 65 years and older. “Seniors’ use of some medications, their declining eyesight or ability to get around as well as certain diseases team up with the weather to up the risk every time a senior walks out the door in winter,” said Carman.
WINTER SAFETY TIPS FOR SENIORS
- Check your home’s heating system for safety. Keep room temperatures to 70 °F; indoor temperatures of 60-65°F may trigger hypothermia. Look into local, state or utility company programs that may help you afford keeping gas and electric services at safe levels.
- If you must use a space heater, check that it’s been approved by a reputable testing laboratory. Keep flammable items at least three feet away. Turn it off when you leave the room or house or go to bed.
- Own a working smoke, carbon monoxide detector and fire extinguisher.
- Stay warm and dry — using more blankets or dressing in more clothes. Choose layers of loose clothing to trap heat; tight clothing will restrict blood flow.
- Eat nutritional food to keep your weight at a healthy level to help prevent illness and hypothermia.
- If you must go out in cold/windy weather, cover all exposed areas. Wear a warm hat, gloves, footwear and a scarf covering your mouth.
- Check with your doctor before shoveling snow – especially if you have heart problems or do not exercise regularly. If it’s unsafe for you, make arrangements for
snow removal services before the next storm hits!
- Discuss whether your medical conditions or medications (including some over- the-counter remedies) put you at greater risk for hypothermia.
- Drink in moderation; alcoholic drinks can make you lose body heat faster – especially at night when temperatures drop.
- Wear non-skid shoes when sidewalks and roads maybe icy. Some stores sell “ice picks” that fit on the ends of canes and walkers to provide extra traction.
REACHING OUT FOR HELP
If you or your senior loved one needs in-home help in coping with the extra risks of winter, call SeniorWise Care Management at 856-552-5166. Our Certified Geriatric are Managers can provide consultation and practical assistance in keeping you or your loved one safe and independent.
Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice Releases 2015 Annual Gala Details,
Mindy Holman Named 2015 Circle of Excellence Honoree
The Motown Gala, Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice’s annual Celebration of Life Gala, will allow guests to step back in time – if only for one night—for an evening of sequins, glamour, groovy tunes and great auction prizes. This year, the event will be held on Saturday, February 21, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Route 70 in Cherry Hill, NJ. During the gala, Samaritan will award its annual Circle of Excellence award, host a live art experience and draw winners for its highly anticipated Delightful Dining raffle.
Holman Automotive, headquartered in Pennsauken, has returned as Presenting Sponsor. Mindy Holman, President and CEO of Holman Enterprises, and her family are long-time supporters of Samaritan’s programs and services for those coping with issues of aging, serious illness and grief. This year, Samaritan will present the Circle of Excellence award to Holman for her professional and personal dedication to Samaritan and the community.
All those who attend this year’s gala will enjoy dinner, live music, dancing, live and silent auctions. Guests will also be treated to a live art experience and auction with nationally-known artist William Butler of Gallery Eleven One in Camden and a special appearance by guest emcee Rick Williams, ABC6 Action News anchor.
Additionally, guests will have their last chance to purchase Delightful Dining raffle tickets before two lucky winners are formally announced during the Gala. At $10 each, these raffle tickets, which are on sale now, offer folks the chance to win twelve (12) $100 dining gift certificates (valued at a total of $1,200) to some of the area’s finest restaurants.
Those who attend are encouraged, but not required, to dress in period attire as they kick up their heels to the live music of The Infernos Band, America’s #1 Show Band and the area’s premier live performance group.
Tickets for The Motown Gala are $195 each. Proceeds benefit Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice’s not-for-profit programs and services that are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance as well as offering help for patients without regard to their ability to pay for care.
For complete gala ticket and sponsorship information, or for more information about the Delightful Dining Raffle opportunity, visit www.SamaritanNJ.org/gala or kindly contact Julie Weitzman at (856) 552-3239 or Jweitzman@SamaritanNJ.org.
2014 has been an exciting year connecting with patients, families, volunteers, staff members, donors, and the community! Here’s a list of some of the great activities that took place this year.
Connecting with Our Community
- Samaritan Reviews
- New! Support Samaritan – Use Amazon Smile
- New and Improved Website
- Dr. Marianne Holler Featured in SJ Magazine’s Switching Gears article
- Dr. Stephen Goldfine Guest Speaker on Boomer Generation Radio
- Now 12 Private Rooms at our Inpatient Center in Mt. Holly
- #GivingTuesday Raises More than $1,000 for Patients & Families
- Hospice Action Network (HAN) National Conference in DC
- NHPCO’s Anita Brikman visits
- Samaritan services brochure produced in Spanish!
Samaritan Participates in South Jersey’s Stand Down — an entirely volunteer run event that helps educate homeless Veterans on community services such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings,
- Samaritan Earns We Honor Veterans 4th Star
- Veteran’s Car, Truck, and Bike Show raises more than $8,000
- British Motor Club Supports Samaritan
- Samaritan Thrift Celebrates 2nd Anniversary
- New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) President and CEO visits Samaritan during to gain a greater understanding of the key issues facing this important healthcare sector.
- Pre-Teens pick Samaritan for their Mitzvah projects
- Lauren Rose Albert Foundation Supports Samaritan
- National Council of Jewish Women Support Samaritan
Embracing Patients & their Family
- Stella Shields’s Story
- Lillian Fitzgerald’s Story
- Myra Schiffmann’s Story
- Brittany Rae’s Story
- Bud Vautier’s Story
- Carl and Ethel Zickefoose’s Story
- Frank Blockowitch’s Story
- Harvey Gsell’s Story
- Armando Marino’s Story
- Phillip Marcantonio’s Story
- Celebration of Life Gala
- Annual Golf Tournament
- Tree of Life
- Giving Thanks, Preserving Memories – 500 cooked Thanksgiving meals delivered to 100 Samaritan patients
- Via Lucis Workshop
- Annual Winterfest Honors Volunteers & Staff Milestones
- Inpatient Center Artists: Joy Hoffman, Charles Arsenault, David Grafton, Julie Smith
- Samaritan Honors Staff & Volunteer Veterans at Special Breakfast
Connecting with Funeral Directors
- New Samaritan Initiative - Free Community Presentations
- Samaritan Doc Discusses Having Difficult Conversation
- Celebrating National Volunteer Week with Brunch
- Volunteer Appreciation Collage
- Teens Volunteering
- SamariTeens Honored for Service Hours
- Taking Over Ashland and Collingwood Patco Stations
- Volunteering at our Golf Tournament
SeniorWise Care Management
- Commentary: Courier Post Geriatric Care Managers Aid Families
- Generational Squeeze Article in Burlington County Times
- Offering Continuing Ed for Accountants, Financial Planners
Center for Grief Support
- Offering New & Innovative Support Groups — Yoga for Loss & The Grieving Heart
- Marlene Zaorski’s Story
- Jersey Man featured an article about Samaritan & Just the Guys Support Group
Appointments & New Positions
- Larry DiVietro Appointed to Board of Trustees
- Lee Sheilds Appointed to Board of Trustees
- Jennifer Dubrow Weiss Appointed to Board of Trustees
- Lori Kopperman, DO, 6th Samaritan Physician
Connecting to Our World
- Kawempe Home Care’s Gerever & Sara Visit from Uganda
- Global Partners in Care article
Awards and Honors
- Dr. Sara Pagliaro Earns Board Certification
- Our First Hospice Palliative Fellow Graduates
- Burlington County Times Do-Gooder Award
- ESGR “Seven Seals” Award
- Deyta Hospice Honors
- NJ Biz Best Fifty Women in Business – MaryAnn Boccolini
- Boy Scouts Of America – Garden State Chapter Women of Achievement Award, Mary Ann Boccolini
- SNJ Business People Reader’s Choice – Innovators in Healthcare Award — Samaritan
- SNJ Business People Top Women in Business – MaryAnn Boccolini
- SJ Magazine Top Docs in Hospice & Palliative Care – Dr. Marianne Holler, Dr. Stephen Goldfine
- South Jersey Magazine Top Doctors in Hospice & Palliative Care – Dr. Marianne Holler, Dr. Stephen Goldfine
- South Jersey Biz Who’s Who in Healthcare – Dr. Marianne Holler
- South Jersey Magazine Reader’s Choice Top Nurse – Shery Foshay
- South Jersey Biz Best in Healthcare
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Samaritan received the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve “Seven Seals Award” for our four-star nationally recognized “We Honor Veterans” program – one of only 5 hospices in New Jersey – to earn this prestigious designation.
The Seven Seals Award is the broadest and most inclusive award given by ESGR in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievements or initiatives that support the ESGR mission to promote cooperation and understanding between military service members and their civilian employees.