Don't Let Jack Frost Catch You Off Guard

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posted by Ted Ryan on December 04, 2014

Whether you love a cozy fire on a cold winter night or loathe the mere thought of a snow covered driveway, now is the time to prepare for the winter if you live in St. Louis.

Especially for seniors, winter can be a particularly dangerous time of year. Seniors are more susceptible to health problems caused by the cold, such as hypothermia and frostbite.

These guidelines will help you and your loved ones stay at the top of your game this season.

  • If you plan to use a fireplace or wood stove, have your chimney or flue inspected.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors near heated areas.
  • Keep an easy-to-read indoor thermometer. The ability to feel change in temperature decreases with age, so check it often.
  • Make sure doors, windows and pipes are properly sealed and insulated.
  • Listen to weather forecasts and prepare for predicted extreme weather by having a supply of food (don’t forget pets!) and medications, as well as warm blankets and battery-powered light sources and radio.
  • Arrange for snow removal. This could be a professional service or neighbors or grandchildren seeking a little spending money.

One of the greatest benefits that you can provide for senior loved ones is to stay in close contact, especially with those who live alone. Frequent check-ins by family, friends and neighbors helps overcome the physical and mental challenges of winter weather isolation.

If we can help you and your loved ones during this busy time of year, please contact us. The support of a home care team allows seniors and their loved ones peace of mind by knowing that they are being cared for and checked on.

Proper preparation and a supportive care team will help you beat the winter woes and enjoy a terrific holiday season.

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