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How to Prepare a Senior’s Home for the Winter

It’s no secret that the wintertime can be a more difficult as we grow older. Our bones are more sensitive to the cold and other forces of nature make wintertime more difficult for seniors. This is especially true if your loved one has a memory loss disorder such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. You may be contemplating whether or not to have your loved one reside in an Alzheimer’s assisted living facility. That choice is a tough one to make, so while your loved one is still living at home, the following will give you peace of mind this winter:

  1. Keep the pantry stocked. Weather conditions are unpredictable during this time of year and sometimes make grocery shopping difficult. Having a good supply of non perishables ready for these occasions is recommended so your loved one won’t need to get out in the weather as often.
  2. Respite care. While you navigate through your busy holiday schedule, respite care may be a good option. This allows your loved one to get care from a dementia assisted living facility but return home when you are ready. The Cottages offers expert respite care, with programs designed to fit almost any schedule.
  3. Check the gutters. This is the easiest way that unwanted water makes its way into the home during the winter. Making sure the gutters are cleared out will prevent this from happening, and save you time and money in the future.
  4. Maintain the furnace. No matter the heating system that is available in your home, keeping it in-check is key when it gets frosty outside. While simple repairs are possible from a non-expert’s perspective, checking on it regularly will lessen the likelihood of requiring professional help when the roads are icy.
  5. Remove snow and ice. Thankfully, some areas around Texas don’t typically see much snowfall. However, snow is still possible in Texas, and seniors are far more susceptible to slips and falls. Have a plan in place for removal of snow and ice to help keep your loved one safe.
  6. Pre-purchase warm clothes. In today’s modern age, online shopping is a breeze! Many prefer it to the traditional route, and it can be much easier than taking your loved one shopping for clothes. Supplying extra clothes for your loved one can make winter more comfortable to endure.

This winter, make your loved one’s house a home. These tips can make you feel at ease if they’re going to be alone.