Summer has drifted away and Fall is in full swing. The leaves are changing and everything is very picturesque, however, that means that the colder weather is rapidly approaching. As Winter begins to rear its head we want to make sure our loved ones are prepared for the season. Extreme weather is unpleasant for anyone anywhere and New York is no stranger to that. Some winters can be especially challenging. As a home health care provider, we recommend that families put much forethought into helping their aging loved ones get through the winter by taking measures now to ensure their safety and comfort.

Watch out for the winter blues. Most seniors will get out less during cold or bad weather, and this can lead to boredom and feelings of isolation. During the winter, do your best to call your loved one more often and visit whenever possible. And with today’s advances of technological gadgets, you can also encourage your loved one to text, email or video chat.

Make sure heaters and pipes are in working order. After a long summer, it is important to check that your loved one’s heaters are cleaned and working before the temperatures drop. You may also want to check-in on your loved one to be sure that the home’s temperatures are adequate as many may forget or opt not to turn on their heaters to save money.

Be ready for the snow. Clearing sidewalks to at least allow your loved one to walk outside for chores like checking the mail is an absolute essential. Not doing so can increase the risk of falls, which can mean broken or fractured bones and in some cases, result in long-term mobility issues. You may also want to consider putting non-slip mats near any of the doors to help reduce slips and trips.

Ensure healthy habits. It can be difficult for your loved one to get out go to the grocery store for fresh and nutritious foods during the cold winter months. If you are concerned about your loved one’s health or ability to cook and perform household chores, there are many things you can do to help. For instance, you can help prepare frozen meals so your loved one can heat them up when it’s most convenient for them.

TLC Companions is there for you and your loved one this winter and all the time. We provide interaction and friendship, meal preparation, medication reminders, doctor visit transportation, light housekeeping, laundry, grocery shopping/errands, activities as preferred by the client (Bingo, Reading, Cards, etc.). We are there to provide you and your loved one with the care that each of you deserve.