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Senior Care at Home and Cold Weather Activities

Senior Care at Home and Cold Weather Activities

With the major fall holidays beginning at the end of October, the temperatures are officially dropping.  The need for a coat in the evenings and early mornings is becoming unavoidable.  The days are getting shorter and chilly nights are growing longer.  With winter fast approaching it is time to prepare our homes and yards for the colder air.  There’s a new chill in the air as the fall season settles in.  As the weather gets cooler, the activities that can be enjoyed outdoors become limited, especially for the elderly.  Winter will inevitably show up, and it’s important to keep active despite the frigid temperatures.

There are some relaxing and fun ways to safely spend time with an elderly loved one during the winter months indoors.  Sometimes all a person needs to recharge is a nice cup of hot coffee or tea while enjoying conversation by the fireplace.  Lots of nostalgic holiday movies are beginning to play on television.  It can be a wonderful way to get in to the festive spirit and recall past fond memories of gathering with family during the holiday season. 

Now is also the time to think of some easy fall decoration ideas that you can do at home with your senior loved one.  If you live near a farm or local pumpkin patch, take a look around for some beautiful, large gourds that can be easily turned into unique vases for tabletop flowers.  A small, swan shaped gourd could be used as a hanging vase by cutting a hole near the neck and hollow out enough space for fall flowers like mums, black-eyed Susans and other favorites.

If you and your senior are adventurous when it comes to crafts, you could venture outdoors to collect pine cones.  These not only smell really nice, but could be glued onto a wreath to create a new festive decoration for your loved one’s front door.  Simple additions such as and orange bow and some artificial fall leaves will be the perfect touch to your fall decoration idea. 

You may remember as a child the simple beauty of tracing over an impressive leaf and viewing that as art.  There are many ways to incorporate the wide range of fall colors in the falling leaves in a new form of art.  You could press some orange, yellow and red leaves, and then tape them to crafting paper to create simple, seasonal art that can be hung on the wall over the couch or in other rooms of the house that could use some livening up.  Sometimes just a mini arrangement of freshly fallen leaves placed in a tiny vase is enough to bring fall into the home.

If you would like to learn more about tips for preparing for colder weather, call Senior Helpers of Las Vegas to speak to a senior care specialist today (702) 802-4511!   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 Las Vegas provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of

Prepare for Winter Months  with In Home Senior Care

Now that Halloween has passed and November is knocking on our door, it is time to start thinking about the potentially bitter cold winter months ahead.  When visiting local shopping malls, you can already start to see the beginnings of Christmas and winter holiday decorations.  Winter months mean more time is spent indoors, so fall is also the right time to prepare your elderly loved one’s home with not only the holiday theme but also to prevent slips and trips that can cause major injury. 

Whenever possible, check stairways and entry ways for broken or rotten wood steps.  Regular maintenance on outdoor steps is important to prevent slips, trips or falls.  Whenever in the kitchen, remember to always clean up spills on the floor immediately and remind your loved one to do the same.  A forgotten mess on linoleum or tile floors can spell trouble for an elderly loved one.

Studies have concluded that falls are one of the leading causes of injuries in the United States.  Fall prevention is the best way to protect your elderly loved one from injuring themselves in their home.  Some of the common locations for trips and slips are doorways, cluttered floors and hallways, stairs and areas in the home with heavy traffic. 

Outdoor preparation of the home is as important as cleaning indoor spaces.  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. 

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 caring and consistent in home elderly care and the many benefits of professional senior care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of Las Vegas to speak to a senior care specialist today (702) 802-4511!   The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can 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 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 Las Vegas provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, peace of mind visits and so much more to all areas of Las Vegas, Alamo, Hiko, Indian Springs, Amargosa Valley, Beatty, Boulder City, Henderson, Jean, Laughlin, Pahrump, Searchlight, Sloan.

 

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