As the temperatures begin to change and the weather gets more and more unpleasant, it’s important to keep in mind the safety of your aging loved ones. The fall time requires home maintenance that can be a challenge for seniors who are living on their own. Here are some tips for staying safe this fall:
Be sure to check all windows to make sure they open and close easily so that they can have access to fresh outdoor air on the days that are still warm. If the windows are sticky and require considerable effort, take a wax candle stick to the insides where the window slides open. This will help to wax the surface and make the window easier to open and close.
Keep the heat at a consistently warm temperature. Make sure all areas where drafts occur are sealed off and secure. Check the heating system to make sure it doesn’t need any repairs. If you are working with a fireplace and chimney, have it swept to prevent flue fires. Get a good stockpile of wood ready for when the need arises.
Keep walkways and stairs free of leaves. As they first begin to fall, they aren’t much of a hazard. But as the leaves accumulate and get wet in the rain, they become a nuisance and a slipping hazard. Make sure all drain pipes are free of leaves and debris as well.
Make sure that your loved one’s clothing is weather appropriate. Fall can be a confusing time for wardrobes. Leave out a few lighter pieces of clothing while making sure that the warmer pieces are clean and easily accessible. Bring out the sweaters and the layering pieces.
Consider hiring a home care assistant to be available to check in on your loved one and help them with tasks that they may need assistance with. Bright Star Care offers a wide range of options for elder care. Check out our website for more information.