4 Tips to Help Your Elderly Loved One Prepare for Cold Weather


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4 Tips to Help Your Elderly Loved One Prepare for Cold Weather

Elderly Care in Hoffman Estates, IL

Elderly-Care-in-Hoffman-Estates-ILThere's a lot to do to prepare for wintry weather and conditions, especially for your elderly loved one. If you go ahead and make a plan, you can ensure that you cover all the bases. Getting your preparations underway before it's cold means that if winter comes early, you're that much ahead of the game.

Get Fireplaces and Chimneys Checked

As colder weather rolls in, it's important to make sure that all sources of backup heating are in good working order. Chimneys and fireplaces can be dangerous if they're clogged or haven't been cleaned in a while. Contact an expert in those matters to make sure that everything is in good working order before you actually need to use the fireplace. Make sure that firewood and other necessary items are handy and easy for your elderly loved one to access if he needs to start a fire when you're not around. 

Check Smoke and other Detectors

Hand in hand with the fireplace being in good working order, it's time to make sure that smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and any other detectors are in good working order as well. If you can't remember when you changed the batteries in any of these devices, then it's time that you go ahead and do that.

Double Check Emergency Lighting

The power can go out when you least expect it, so it's important to have emergency lighting options for your elderly loved one. Candles and flashlights are both reliable choices, and a mix of each are a good idea. Make sure that you let your loved one know where each are stashed. It's helpful to put a flashlight at least in each room. Double check the batteries once a month to make sure that the flashlights are ready when they're needed.

Set Up an Emergency Kit

Storms are a reality during winter, whether you're lucky enough to live in an area where heavy rain is the worst it gets or blizzards are the norm. A well-stocked emergency kit should include food, bottled water, extra batteries, a first aid kit, and any medications that your loved one might need to take with her during an evacuation. Make sure that you let home care providers know where the kit is located in case it's ever necessary when you aren't around.

Once you have winter preparedness done, you can rest a little easier about the cold weather to come. 

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Hoffman Estates, IL, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Schaumburg at 630-984-2041.

Paul Fisher

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