Winter will be here before you know it! Taking care of a loved one during the winter is not an easy job. Snow, ice, and freezing temperatures can be dangerous, especially for the elderly. Fall is the perfect time to start planning ahead. There is no better feeling than knowing that your loved one is taken care of during the winter season.
- Check all lighting in the house to balance out how dark it is going to be.
- Stock up on medications, groceries, flashlights and batteries.
- It’s important to dress in layers so unpack warm clothing and blankets.
- Buy non-slip shoes to help prevent slips and falls on ice.
- Remember to keep the thermostat set to 65 degrees and use space heaters properly.
- Prepare their vehicle ahead of time for the harsh weather (oil, tires, wipers, etc.)
- Keep a convenient supply of sand or ice-melting solution near the doors.
- Arrange to have a neighbor check in on your loved one after a storm.
- Consult with a doctor for some exercises that they can do independently if they are stuck at home.
Seniors deserve to enjoy winter despite the physical and emotional risks that come along with the season. Prepare ahead of time so both you and your loved one can feel safe.