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Home Care Assistance: How to Help the Elderly Stay Warm During the Winter

Home Care Assistance in Saginaw MI: Senior Safety
Home Care Assistance in Saginaw MI: Senior Safety

Home Care Assistance: There are many senior citizens that end up hospitalized due to hypothermia.

If you are caring for your elderly loved one during the winter months, there are some tips that can help you to keep them warm. If you can’t stay with your elderly loved one all the time and they wander away, it may be best to have home care assistance providers stay there. That way, you know your elderly loved one is safe and warm at home.

Keeping the Heat Going

There are some senior citizens who will forget to pay their electric bills. In the colder months of winter, if the electricity is turned off, it could make the house well below freezing. This could be dangerous for your elderly loved one. If your elderly loved one often forgets to pay this bill, you or a home care assistance provider can remind them when it is time to pay it. Ultimately, throughout the winter it is important to make sure your elderly loved one’s home always has the furnace working. It doesn’t have to run all winter but should turn on regularly to keep their home warm enough.

Winterizing Process

Your elderly loved one’s home should also be winterized to keep them warm this winter. There are numerous products that can help to do this process. Some of these products include:

  • Weatherstrips along with the windows and doors
  • Caulking floorboards and window edges
  • Putting an energy-efficient thermostat in the home
  • Putting window wraps up to keep cold air out and warm air in

If you aren’t 100% sure what to do for the winterizing process at your elderly loved one’s home, you can always contact the utility company. They usually have boxes of winterizing products they can send to a person’s home.

Clothing Layers

Another way that your elderly loved one can stay warm this winter is by having different clothing layers. For example, there may be days when your elderly loved one’s home is a bit colder, even though the furnace is set at the proper temperature. On these days, you or a home care assistance provider may want to ensure your elderly loved one has thermo clothing under their regular clothes. They may also need a sweatshirt or sweatpants over their regular shirt or pants.

Home Care Assistance: Conclusion

It is possible for you and your home care assistance providers to help your elderly loved one stay warm this winter. The tips above can help out a great deal in doing this. If you have more questions about how to keep your elderly loved one warm or to keep their home warm, you can contact local community support agencies or the utility company.

 

If you or an aging loved one is considering Home Care Assistance in Saginaw, MI, please contact the caring staff at New Century Home Health Care today. (248) 398-9600

 

Sources
https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/cold-weather-safety-older-adults

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