Winter is coming and that means seniors will be spending a lot of time indoors. If your senior loved one lives in a climate where winters are long, cold, and full of bad weather they will need to adjust their routines to include more time indoors. 24-hour home care providers are a great resource for keeping seniors healthy and entertained when they are stuck inside.
Here are also some things you and 24-hour home care aides can do right now to get your senior parent ready for another winter.
Upgrade Their Winter Wardrobe
When was the last time you checked your senior parent’s wardrobe? They are probably going to need some new winter weather appropriate clothing to help them stay warm and cozy throughout the winter. Seniors should dress in layers so that they can add or subtract clothes when they need to, which means they need a lot of good basic pieces of clothing. Soft long sleeve tee shirts are great layering pieces. Thermal shirts and comfortable pants in materials like corduroy are also great to have on hand. They will also need sweaters and turtlenecks and plenty of thick warm socks. Heavy slippers with grip tread on the bottom should be in the daily wardrobe rotation too.
Get The Furnace Checked
Keeping the house warm enough for your senior loved one and their 24-hour home care provider should be a priority during the winter months. Before the weather starts getting cold have a professional team come and clean the furnace, change the filter, and check all the duct work. Make sure that the thermostat is working properly. Getting the furnace cleaned and checked before the weather gets bad will prevent any heating emergencies in the middle of the winter when it could be dangerous for your senior loved one to not have any heat in their home. It will also prevent huge emergency service bills that happen when you need to call out professionals to deal with a furnace emergency.
Stock The House
Your loved one will still need to leave the house sometimes during the winter, even if it’s just to go to the store with a 24-hour home care provider to help them. But you can make those errands easier and make sure that they don’t have to go to the store if the weather is bad by stocking up on basic supplies for them. Make sure that your senior parents have at least one extra month of their prescriptions in case they can’t get to the pharmacy for refills. And stock up on necessities like toilet paper, paper towels, baby wipes, and pet supplies if they have pets. You can also stock up on things that would be heavy for them to carry like bottles of water. It’s also a good idea to stock up on things like toiletries, batteries, and emergency supplies for your senior loved ones just in case a winter storm leaves them stuck in the house for a long time.
If you or a family member are in need of hiring 24-Hour Home Care Services in Plainview NY, or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
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