The winter season brings along family gatherings and holiday celebrations, creating a merry time of year. However, the winter months also bring along chilly temperatures, rain and snowfall. As a home health care provider, we believe it is important for Centennial residents, especially seniors, to prepare their homes for winter! Those who prepare for the elements early can save money, frustration and stress, and can rest assured they’ll be safe and cozy this holiday season. Here are a few easy ways to prevent a winter disaster at home:
- Clean your gutters. Gutters can fill with leaves and dirt in the autumn and cause problems in the winter if they aren’t cleaned out. There are tools that easily attach to hoses and will spray all the debris out of gutters. This prevents the homeowners from having to climb dangerous ladders or be in a precarious position, yet it gets the job done thoroughly. For help reaching hard to get spaces, enlist the help of a family member or even an hourly Centennial caregiver.
- Check your heating system. Before the winter comes, it’s important to make sure your heating system is in working order. After a long summer season, dust and debris can collect on the system, clogging it and preventing it from turning on or working properly. This is especially important for seniors because not having a functioning heater in the colder Centennial months could lead to illness and joint pain.
- Wrap your pipes. Come winter, pipes can freeze and burst if they are not wrapped properly. To prevent this, all you need to do is wrap thick foam around the pipes and seal it with electrical or duct tape. By insulating the pipes, they will stay warm enough to keep the water from freezing.
- Seal your windows. Windows are another concern during the winter as their seals get cracked over time and may need to be replaced or repaired. Spray insulation or new caulking can be applied around the frame to prevent warm air from leaking out of the home, keeping seniors toasty inside. The same process can be applied to door frames! Sealing up any old seals will also help seniors save on their energy and heating bills.
The above tips can help senior citizens enjoy a more comfortable home during the winter season. For other senior safety tips and care services, click here and visit our website or call us at (303) 957-3100 and speak with a Care Manager about how a professional caregiver can help you or an aging loved one at home this winter.