Oct 25, 2018 by David Yeomans
Comfort Keepers senior care services can help your senior loved one with their winter preparedness checklist. Winter can be dangerous with snow, ice, and drops in temperature. Yet, with proper precautions, seniors can enjoy the wonders of winter the same as they have for decades. Sadly, for many seniors, even the tasks that once seemed simple can now be difficult or even impossible. This with where Comfort Keepers senior care services come in.
Seniors should start by taking care of themselves. This starts with an annual flu shot and updating any immunizations that may need boosters. Seniors should also make sure they drink extra water to maintain proper hydration. Warmth can be maintained by changing out lighter winter clothes for heavier clothing that can be worn in layers.
The home should be prepared in two parts: inside and outside.
Inside: Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work and have fresh batteries. A fire extinguisher should be fully charged and easy to get to. Have a professional check and maintain the boiler, furnace, and/or fireplace. Keep space heaters at least 3 feet from flammables including blankets, curtains, and furniture.
Outside: Clean the gutters and make sure the spouts and drains are clean. Disconnect and drain hoses. Shut off water to outside spigots. Purchase sand or ice melt for walkways. Check doors and windows for drafts and add caulking or weather stripping as necessary.
Keeping safe on the road can be more challenging in winter. To decrease risk, make sure the vehicle is properly maintained. This includes changing out summer tires for snow tires or studs and making sure the oil is of the proper weight for the weather. Seniors should also have an emergency kit in their care with water, non-perishable food, blankets, matches, a flashlight, and first aid supplies (an emergency kit should be kept in the home, too).
Seniors may have trouble arranging all the maintenance, putting together emergency kits, or getting to and from medical appointments. Other may struggle with maintaining hydration or getting around safely on the snow and ice. Comfort Keepers senior care services will provide them with the assistance they need to increase their safety and peace of mind.
For more information about winter preparedness or the many ways Comfort Keepers’ services can maximize the quality and safety of your loved one's elder years, contact a care coordinator today.
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