Oct 19, 2017 by Kristina Butler
This is the time of year all seniors should consider preparing for winter, meaning they should take time out of their schedule to make sure they have their immunizations up to date, winterize the car, and get out the warm clothes. While this may be a standard annual routine for many seniors, others may have difficulty just keeping up with daily living activities let alone transitioning from season to season. For these seniors, Comfort Keepers home care, Dayton, OH, can make all the difference.
Each season has its challenges, but when proper preparations are made, the risks associated with the season are greatly diminished. For example, winter brings snow and ice which increases a senior's fall risk. It is important that steps are taken to keep the sidewalk and stoop clear and sprinkled with sand or a commercial ice melt. Proper footwear should be worn, and removable cleats are suggested once the snow sticks. In the same way, summer tires on the car should be changed out with winter tires that provide better traction on snow and ice. If seniors are not going to perform these tasks themselves, they should plan – even now - for somebody to do it for them.
When preparing for winter, annual checkups are not just important for the senior but also for their car and home. The senior should ensure their immunizations are up-to-date and get their annual flu shot. The car should be winterized with fluids topped off and changed if necessary. It is also a good idea to have the boiler serviced prior to the start of winter. If the senior uses a wood stove or fireplace, having the flu cleaned prior to wood burning season can prevent home fires. If a senior has trouble planning for these services themselves, their caregiver from Comfort Keepers home care Dayton, OH, can help get the ball rolling.
If there are problems that need to be addressed, it is wise to have them fixed before the long, dark, and cold days of winter set in. This means that projects such as doors, windows, and other drafty locations need to be taken care of sooner rather than later. It also means that fall projects like cleaning out the gutter, raking leaves, and shutting off the water to outside taps need to be finalized. Not only does checking these projects off the list reduce anxiety and stress, but it can significantly reduce the risk of accidents later. If your senior loved one is having trouble completing all their task and chores, Comfort Keepers home care Dayton, OH, can provide the assistance they need. Even if there are tasks a caregiver cannot perform themselves, they can help your senior loved one find the right person for the job so it gets done in a timely and professional manner.
In short, preparing for winter early is a great way to reduce anxiety and increase the enjoyment of the season. For more information about preparing for winter or the many ways Comfort Keepers home care, Dayton, OH, can help your senior loved one increase their safety, independence and quality of life, contact a senior care coordinator today.
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