Senior Care in New Milford, CT
You might still feel like you are just at the beginning of the fall season, but depending on where you live, winter weather could be just a few weeks away, meaning that now is the time for you to start evaluating your senior care plan and your care efforts with your aging loved ones and making preparations so that you will be ready when that first frosty blast hits. Preparing for winter now ensures that you can feel confident going into the season and that you have what you and your parents need to stay safe and healthy no matter how early the winter weather decides to appear.
Use these tips, and share them with your aging loved ones' senior health care services provider, to start getting ready for winter now:
• Have pipes inspected. No one enjoys having pipes freeze up or burst when the temperatures drop during the winter season. Now is the time to give your local plumber a call and have him come out and inspect the pipes throughout your seniors' home so that he can detect any potential problems now and offer recommendations for resolutions, while also offering tips for how to keep your plumbing running smoothly and safely throughout the coldest months of the year.
• Create a care network. If you do not already have a care network in place – that is, a group of friends, family, neighbors, professionals, and care providers who are invested in the health and safety of your parents and willing to be a part of their care and assistance – start building one before the cold weather. This network can be invaluable during weather emergencies, when power goes out, or when you cannot get to your parents safely.
• Stock emergency kits. You never know when a massive snowstorm will hit, leaving you at the mercy of extremely cold temperatures, snowed-over streets and sidewalks, and possibly without power. Create emergency kits that will help your parents, their senior health care services provider, you, and anyone else who may be in the house, get through these inconvenient and potentially dangerous situations more comfortably and safely. These kits should include drinking water, non-perishable food, first aid and over the counter medications supplies, blankets, battery-operated radios and cell phone boosters, flares, and flints.
• Buy supplies. Not all snowstorms are emergencies, but you do not want to be the person who is at the gardening supply center when the first few inches are falling, looking for a snow shovel and bags of de-icer for the sidewalks and driveway. Start purchasing these supplies now and store them in a safe location so that you can easily access them, but that they will not put seniors with cognitive limitations at risk.
• Find professionals. Research the area and find professional snow removers, tree companies, and towing companies so you can review their reputations and find ones who you would be comfortable working with in an urgent situation. Get in touch with them and find out if they are accepting new customers and if they have a list you need to get on for the winter season in case your parents need their walk or drive shoveled, tree limbs removed, or the car pulled out of a snowbank.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in New Milford, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.