Cold weather will be here before you know it. That’s why you should start to prepare your senior loved one’s home for the cold winter weather now. There are a lot of things that need to be done to make sure that your senior parent’s home is safe and warm this winter. This is also a great time to sign up for in-home care for your senior parent so that if you can’t get there they will still get the companionship and care that they need. To start preparing your loved one’s home for the cold you should:
Get The Furnace Cleaned And Checked
It’s essential that you have a professional come out and clean the furnace and the ducts and make sure that your parents’ heating system is safe and in good working order. Carbon dioxide leaks and furnace fires can be deadly. You should get the furnace cleaned and checked in the fall and then again in the spring.
Make Sure Shovels And Salt Are Accessible
By the time it starts snowing it will be tough to find salt and shovels so get them now. Place large containers of salt and a scoop by all the doors and shovels too so that walkways and doorways can be kept cleaned and salted. Your in-home care provider can help keep the doorways and walkways accessible and let you know when supplies are running low. You also may want to sign up for a plow service to make sure that the driveway is kept clear throughout the winter.
Get Fireplaces And Chimneys Cleaned
If your senior loved one’s home has working fireplaces have professionals come and clean both the chimney and the fireplace and make sure they are safe. You should make sure that there is plenty of wood for the season too. If you’re worried about your senior parents’ ability to use a wood burning fireplace but your parents rely on the fireplace for heat you should get an estimate to see what it would cost to replace the existing fireplace with a gas insert or with an electric fireplace that would give off heat but would be safer for your parents to use. Smart electric fireplaces can be operated with an app or set on a timer so that you won’t have to worry about your parents forgetting to shut them off.
Get A Generator And Supplies
Power outages are likely to happen during the winter months, especially if your senior parents live in a more rural area. If there is bad weather you may not be able to get there until roads are cleared so it’s a smart idea to get some emergency supplies for your senior loved ones just in case they end up in a weather related emergency. Make sure that they have a generator, gasoline, and emergency supplies like flashlights with fresh batteries, shelf stable food, and lots of water. If your parents have pets make sure there is plenty of pet food on hand as well.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering In-Home Care Cannon Hill Neighborhood, WA please contact the caring staff at Angel Senior Care today at (509) 326-4357.