With extreme temperatures on the horizon, it is important to make sure those who are more vulnerable are taken good care of during the coldest months of the year. Bitter cold can become deadly if there is not proper care taken to ensure that our loved ones have the resources they need to prepare and live in cold conditions.
If you have a loved one who is aging in place during these cold winter months here are some steps to make sure they have what they need to be comfortable and well taken care of:
Step 1: Check to make sure that all heating systems are working properly. However your loved one’s home is heated, check to make sure the furnace is properly functioning, the oil or gas tank is filled, and that all bills have been paid to make sure to avoid a shutoff of critical heating systems during the coldest months.
Step 2: Make sure all first-aid kits are fully stocked and ready in case of an emergency.
Step 3: Fully stock food to avoid having to go out in the bitter cold. Having the right food in the house will allow you to remain at home and not have to leave your loved one home as often.
Step 4: Gather all of the blankets in the house and have them near by. If the electricity were to go out and the heating systems fail you’ll need all the warm blankets you can get to make sure your loved one is kept warm until the power returns.
Caring for a loved one who is aging in place can be challenging and no more so then when the weather is not cooperating. Take these steps to make sure that your loved one is well taken care of, even as the mercury drops below zero.