Tips For Managing Daylight Savings With Older Adults

October 30, 2018

This coming early Sunday morning, Daylight Savings Time will come to and end. We will turn our clocks back one hour and daylight hours will shorten in the afternoon, and then eventually the morning as we approach winter. As this shift occurs, the likelihood for injury increases. Here are some ways to prevent injuries:

  1. Be aware of sunset. If your loved one is aging in place, work with them to ensure errands and appointments are completed before dusk, which tends to be a time when auto accidents are likely to occur.
  2. Change timers. In 2018, many households have lights, appliances, and devices that turn on and off at various times. When time rolls backwards, timers on these items need to be adjusted.
  3. Prepare for winter. When Daylight Savings comes to an end, it usually signals colder weather. Make sure furnaces have been serviced and your loved one is ready for cold weather conditions.
  4. Change batteries. A good rule of thumb is to change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when Daylight Savings ends.
  5. Inspect fire extinguishers. Make sure they are fully charged and ready for use should the need arise.
  6. Prepare or restock an emergency kit. Whether in your vehicle or in the home, it’s a good time to make sure the kit is restocked or updated based on your loved one’s needs.
  7. Rest. Switching back to standard time can take its toll on people. Make sure your loved one is getting plenty of rest.
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