Just as quickly as the leave are changing, so could an elderly loved one.
It’s important to keep in mind continuous safety precautions and have regular home checks as the season’s change. Fall home maintenance can be difficult for an aging loved one living along – here are some tips to stay safe.
Be sure to check all windows to make sure they open and close easily. Your loved one may want to have fresh air on a warm day. If the windows are difficult to manage, try taking a wax candlestick on the inside of the windowsill to make the window pane move easier.
Make sure any areas with a draft occurs is sealed off and secure. Check the homes heating system to make sure it doesn’t need any repairs. If there is a fireplace or chimney, have it cleaned prior to any fires. Be prepared for cold weather by having a stockpile of wood ready when needed.
Keep walkways, sidewalks, and stairs clear of leaves. As leaves begin to pile and get wet, they can become a slipping hazard. Also be sure to clear all drain pipes of leaves and other debris as well.
Be sure that your older loved one’s clothing is weather appropriate. During the transition between summer and fall, it’s best to keep a few lighter clothing items out when needed.
SPACE HEATERS –
Having a space heater can be a great way to warm up on a chilly fall evening, but it’s vital to read the instructions prior to use. If the space heater requires venting, be sure to have it placed near where it can get outdoor venting. Also, never use your oven or stove for heating a home.
SMOKE ALARMS –
When we change our “clocks back” it’s a good reminder to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace any home fire extinguishers in your loved ones home – especially if they’re expired.
HOME CARE –
It’s also a good idea to hire a home care assistant to help check-in on your loved ones when you’re not able to. At Help at Home, we offer a wide variety of services that can fit the needs of you and your family.
Help at Home can provide around the clock care for your senior loved ones by providing a stable, positive environment for seniors living with Alzheimer’s, helping them to stay active, social, and stay healthy.
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