Changes to Make in Your Parent’s Home to Prevent Winter Skin

Preventing winter skin is an important part of keeping your parent comfortable, safe, and healthy throughout the winter season. Winter skin tends to be very dry, fragile, and thin, which can leave your parent vulnerable to a variety of consequences such as tears, scrapes, scratches, and other injuries that leave your parent open to germs and bacteria getting into their skin, potentially leading to infections and illnesses. By guarding your parent from these issues you can help them avoid serious issues and enjoy a more comfortable and healthy winter season. While there are many changes that you can make to your parent’s care routine to help them avoid winter skin or manage it if it does occur, you shouldn’t forget the importance of their home environment and the influence that it can have on them and their skin.

Elderly Care in Rockford MI: Preventing Winter Skin

Elderly Care in Rockford MI: Preventing Winter Skin

Some changes to make in your parent’s home to prevent winter skin include:

  • Do not put the heat in the house on too high. Artificial indoor heating can be extremely drying, particularly when your parent goes from the very drying cold conditions outside into high heat inside. Keep the home at a comfortable temperature, but it should not be so warm that your parent ever feels hot or is compelled to wear short sleeves.
  • Add a humidifier to your parent’s home, especially in their bedroom and living area. This will boost the moisture in the air and help to prevent the very drying conditions of the heat. It also allows you to keep the thermostat at a lower temperature because moist air feels warmer.
  • If your parent uses a fire in their home, discourage them from sitting too close to it, as this can quickly dry the skin.
  • Be sure that their windows and doors are sufficiently weather-proofed so that cold winter air does not come inside.


One of the most meaningful decisions that you can make for your aging parent as their family caregiver is to start elderly care for them. And elderly home care services provider can be with your parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they have access to the level of care and assistance that they need, while also supporting independence and ensuring that you remain at the forefront of their care routine. The personalized services of an elderly care provider are specifically designed to address your loved ones needs, challenges, and limitations in the way that is right for them so that they are able to live the quality of life that they desire and deserve. As a family caregiver this can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing that your parent is in good hands both when you are able to be with them and when you are not.

If you or someone you know needs help with elderly care in Rockford, MI, contact Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services in our community. Call us at (616) 258-2300 for more information.

About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.