Posted on Oct 24, 2014
Preparing for Colder Weather and Senior Care at Home
With October coming to an end, it is time to think about the upcoming winter season ahead. When it comes to preparation for the colder weather, it is important to realize that poor weather conditions can happen abruptly with little to no notice.
Now that it’s not as bitterly cold as it is sure to get later in the winter months, it is time to clean out the gutters and aerate and rake the lawn. Make sure to inspect decks and railings for splintering or rot, and treat to prevent further damage from frigid winter weather. Clean and store any outdoor patio furniture and bring in any plants that are unable to withstand below freezing temperatures. Be sure to drain all water hoses and disconnect from the outside of the home to prevent discoloration, cracks and preserve their lifespan. Make a check on trees near the house and remove any branches that appear to be dead or brittle and would fall and cause property damage or physical injury if layered with heavy snow or ice.
Buy driveway and sidewalk salt early to prepare for icy conditions, especially late at night and early mornings. Put the windshield scraper back into the vehicle for safer travel conditions and be sure to leave an extra cell phone charger in the glove box. Having an extra hat and blanket in the trunk with some bottled water and a snack is also a great way to be prepared for winter driving.
Now is the time to check window seals and caulk any major drafts to keep the cool air out and the warm air in. Switch out any screen doors with storm glass doors in the home. Change the air filter in your home for cleaner breathing. Turn ceiling fans switches to the opposite direction to blow warm air down to increase energy efficiency.
Winter can get pretty unpredictable and severe weather may strike at any time. It is important to have a stock of ready-to-eat foods in case of a power outage due to downed power lines. Make sure that there are flashlights readily available and there are new batteries inside. Inside the home, be sure to locate all extra blankets and bring in a load of firewood for the wood stove or fireplace.
While we can’t avoid the chill of winter, we can make sure that we are ready for whatever Mother Nature blows our way. By preparing for colder weather, we are keeping our families safe and saving our homes from possible weather damage and saving some money with energy efficiency as well.
If you would like to learn more about tips for preparing for colder weather, call Senior Helpers of Minnetonka to speak to a senior care specialist today 763-219-4383! The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can show you the many benefits of professional senior care at home or dementia and Alzheimer’s care. The senior care specialist will also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. In home senior care and in home assisted living allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of Minnetonka provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Bloomington, Minneapolis, Eden Prairie, Saint Paul, Minnetonka, Lakeland, and White Bear Lake, Minnesota.