Preparing Elders for Winter - Part 1
Updated: Jul 21, 2022
With the recent floods and tornado warnings, harsh weather is on the brain and for many of us, it’s a good time to start preparing our older parents, grandparents, or elder loved ones for the winter season. In our part of the world, it’s especially important to start the work early as to not get caught off-guard by an early snowstorm. Seniors can be especially vulnerable to difficult weather conditions due to problems with mobility, health and immunity issues, frailty, and more. The team at Senior Steps, inc. recommends taking every precaution and is here to help you navigate the season so your family can enjoy the snow, holidays, and cozy weather with peace of mind. Below, we have compiled a short checklist of things to consider including in your preparations. Please note that this article will focus on winterproofing their home, but if you visit our blog, you can find more information on steps you can take to keep your elderly loved ones healthy throughout the season and combat the winter blues.
Stock up on the right supplies for unexpected snow-ins and power outages:
Put together a waterproof kit of non-perishable foods, water bottles, medications (including backup prescription medications, cold meds, pain killers, and anything else they use on a regular basis such as epi pens, inhalers, etc.), bandages, and flashlights.
Waterproof and storm proof their home:
Hiring professionals to help with this step is highly recommended and can save you a significant amount of time and labor. If you’re working with a geriatric care management company, such as Senior Steps, they can be an excellent resource for recommending local, affordable professionals who can put your mind at ease by ensuring all the necessary precautions are taken for a safer winter for your elderly loved ones. This process will include doing some landscaping to cut away tree branches that could potentially fall on their home or in their driveway, fixing any leaks and installing insulation for their roof, attic, and walls, caulking and weatherproofing doors and windows, and upgrading exterior waterlines.
Schedule an inspection:
Have a professional inspect their chimney, heating/AC system, and fire and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure everything is working properly ahead of cold temperatures. This is especially important as most fires and carbon monoxide leaks happen in the winter.
Schedule all necessary services ahead:
Make sure to order firewood if they use a chimney, order rock salt, automate oil delivery, and schedule snow removal/shoveling services for their driveway and walkway.
Because seasonal preparations can be overwhelming and time consuming, Senior Steps offers free consultations to discuss assessment options for your parent or elder loved one’s home.