With the cold weather coming, it is increasingly important that you make preparations to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones. The icy conditions can make for a safety hazard as well as the harsh chill that can increase the possibility of health conditions.
Winterize Your Home
Especially for older adults who have mobility issues, it is especially important that your home is prepared for the colder weather. It is important that your windows and doors are well maintained and do not lose heat. On top of this, make sure that your gutters are cleared for debris and your roof, chimney and fireplace are all secure. On top of this, any dead natural material like shrubs or trees should be removed in case of a storm.
Ensuring that your heating system is functioning and well-maintained is also really important. This means having all your wood and gas stoves, gas appliances, and indoor and outdoor fireplaces properly cleaned, inspected, and repaired where necessary. If possible, make sure to call an inspector for a professional evaluation.
Another measure to put in place is to make sure that a proper support system is set up in case of an emergency like a power outage or a storm. In these events, it might be better to arrange to stay with a loved one or family member if you are living alone.
Wear Weather Appropriate Clothing
It is important to dress warmly regardless of whether you are staying warm in doors or outdoors. Make sure to bundle up with many layers as well as bring along a scarf and hat when you head out. On top of this, where possible, make sure to have a waterproof outer layer and shoes to make sure that you are able to keep dry even with snow. If they do get wet, make sure to change the clothing items immediately.
Even if you are at home, it is just as important to have items of clothing or coverings that can keep you warm. This means wearing slippers and socks, long underwear or blankets even when you are staying indoors.
Maintain Personal Hygiene Standards
With the chilly weather, it is likely that flu and cold season will kick in as well. Make sure to wash your hands regularly and disinfect your living spaces often. If you are feeling sick at any point, make sure to stay home until you have fully recovered to prevent spreading the virus to others.
Enjoy the Festive Season at Discovery Commons Cypress Point
If you are looking to enjoy your festive season without having to worry about the responsibilities that come with homeownership, moving into a senior living community might be the solution for you! You will no longer have to worry about shovelling snow or getting groceries to have comfort food everyday anymore. In fact, all you need to do is enjoy your life to its fullest with our exclusive senior living programs and amenities. For more information on our senior living options and programs, contact us for greater insight on what we offer or to schedule a tour to visit our beautiful grounds.