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At Home Senior Care Helps You Prepare For Winter In Chicagoland, IL

Oct 25, 2018 by Katie Fielmann

Learn how at home senior care can help you prepare to make the most of winter in Chicagoland, IL

Winter is a great time of year. Many seniors enjoy the break from the sweltering heat and like getting out to enjoy the cool, brisk days of winter. Of course, winter is not much fun if you are sick or problems arise within or around the home. When preparing for winter, a little really does go a long way.

Consider these suggestions from Comfort Keepers’ at home senior care:

It's hard to get anything done when you’re under the weather, so the first step is keeping healthy. As the weather changes, seniors should

  • be sure to drink plenty of water to stay properly hydrated
  • consider a vitamin D supplement
  • change out warm summer clothes for warmer winter clothing
  • don't forget to get an annual flu shot and boosters for other immunizations as needed

Getting out and about is important. Staying safe on the road starts with vehicle maintenance

  • Change out winter tires with snow tires or studs
  • Ensure oil is of the proper weight for colder weather
  • Prepare an emergency kit (keep one in the home as well) with water, non-perishable food, blankets, matches, a flashlight, and first aid supplies.

Keeping up with the home's exterior protects the home and those inside. Be sure to

  • check for air leaks in doors and windows. Add caulking or weather stripping as necessary.
  • clean gutters and make sure spouts are clear
  • disconnect and drain hoses; shut off water to outside spigots
  • purchase sand or ice melt for walkways

Inside the home, maintenance is a must

  • have the furnace and fireplace cleaned and inspected
  • make sure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors work and have fresh batteries
  • fire extinguishers should be charged and easy to reach

If your senior loved one needs help with their preparation, Comfort Keepers at home senior care can help. From assistance with emergency kits to arranging medical appointments and vehicle or home maintenance, caregivers will help your senior loved one be ready to take on Old Man Winter.

For more information about winter preparedness or to learn more about the many ways Comfort Keepers at home senior care can help your loved one maximize the safety and quality of their elder years, contact a care coordinator today.

Comfort Keepers of Chicagoland, IL serves the surrounding areas: 

Lombard, Mount Prospect, Willowbrook, Addison, Downers Grove, Oak Park, Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Berkeley, Oak Brook, Bloomingdale, Carol Steam, Glendale Heights, Itasca, Villa Park, Bolingbrook, Woodridge, Lisle, Darien, Willow Springs, Brookfield, Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, La Grange, La Grange Park, Riverside, Western Springs, Westmont, River Grove, River Forest, Chicago and Elmwood Park.

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