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Companion Home Care Helps Prepare You For Winter In Shelton, CT

Oct 25, 2018 by Mark McGoldrick

Learn how companion home care helps seniors in Shelton, CT prepare themselves and their homes for winter

Has your senior loved one shown signs of slowing down physically or mentally? Do they need help around the home or with one or more personal care tasks? If so, then preparing for the winter may cause them extra stress and anxiety, and they are not alone. Many seniors find preparations that were once quite easy are now considerably harder or even impossible to perform.  The good news is that Comfort Keepers’ companion home care can help.

When it comes to winter preparedness, there are four primary areas of concern, the home's interior, the home's exterior, the automobile, and the senior, themselves.

Interior

  • Make sure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide work and have fresh batteries
  • Have the furnace and fireplace checked and maintained
  • Ensure fire extinguishers are charged and within reach
  • Put towels or mats near doors to prevent wet slippery floors

Exterior

  • Check for drafts and add weather stripping and caulking as needed
  • Clean gutters and make sure spouts are clear
  • Disconnect hoses and shut off water to outside spigots
  • Purchase sand or ice melt for walkways

Automobile

  • Change summer tires to winter tires on vehicles
  • Ensure oil is the right weight for the temperature
  • Prepare an emergency kit (home should have one, too).  At a minimum, the kit should include water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, blankets, a flashlight, and matches.

Self

  • Switch out summer clothing for winter clothing
  • Stay properly hydrated
  • Get an annual flu shot and get any necessary vaccination boosters

Should a senior need help with their winter preparedness, Comfort Keepers can make sure things get done right. Services range from scheduling and providing transportation to and from service or doctor's appointments to helping prepare emergency kits. Granted, Comfort Keepers companion home care still provides the same exceptional homemaking and personal care services they always did.

For more information about winter preparedness or to learn more about the many ways companion home care can help your loved one remain safe and secure this winter season, contact a care coordinator today.

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