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It's Been Rough in Many Cities Across the U.S.- Making Senior Care Safe During a Tough Winter Season

Posted: 2/4/2014 10:37 PM by Interim HealthCare
Making Senior Care Safe during a Tough Winter Season

This winter, for many portions of the United States, it has been tough, to say the least. With icy and snowy conditions reaching as far south as Florida, for the first time in decades, and brutally cold temperatures gripping much of the country, it’s important to remember to make sure that senior care is safe as well as helpful.

What are some of the things that we can do to ensure that senior care is not only effective but also safe when these winter months become more than we anticipate?

1.      Make sure that the heating system is working properly. HVAC specialists state that the heating system in every home should be maintained and inspected at least once per year to make sure that it’s operating properly. If the heating system in your loved one’s home hasn’t been inspected in some time, it’s never too late to have that done. While you may have to wait longer for an appointment, you will still be able to have a professional come out and make sure that it’s working well and this will reduce the chances of a problem in the near future.

2.      Ensure that heating oil or gas is full. If your loved one uses heating oil, make sure that the level is checked at this time of the year. Especially when the temperatures are much colder than normal, this means that the furnace is burning more oil, so while they may be estimating based on averages, this winter has been below average as far as temps are concerned, so it’s a good idea to check the oil level and top off if needed.

3.      Consider a backup generator. If the power goes out for any reason, then this means that the heating system will also go out as well. If that happens, you want to make sure that your loved one has some backup plan. A generator can be useful, especially for operating a small, electric heater. It should be an easy start generator.

4.      Never use the stove, kerosene, or propane heaters in the house as a heat source. These can all lead to dangerous situations. If your loved one loses the heat and they don’t have any way to stay warm, then they should contact either senior care services, if they can’t reach you, or call emergency services. Never use these alternate heat sources inside the home.

Remaining safe and secure is a priority when it comes to senior care and these tips can help ensure your loved one’s safety as winter continues to be a tough one this year.

 If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care services, please contact Interim HealthCare. G+

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