Winter Safety Checklist for Seniors by One2One Care
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 4:00pm
Did you know Spring is less then 8 weeks away according to the calendar? However, there is no guarantee that in those 8 weeks we will not get more storms and cold winter weather. Seniors are especially vulnerable during these cold winter storms and low temperatures. Preparing ahead insures seniors will be safe, warm and healthy. Families, caregivers and neighbors can make sure that seniors have the following supplies:Outdoor Safety:Rock salt and or cat litter for sidewalks, a snow shovel, and ice scraperWinter boots with a good tread, hats, gloves, heavy coat and scarf to avoid hypothermiaSafety and Warmth:Extra Blankets or a sleeping bag, extra heavy clothing including long johnsElectric space seater with safety shut-off function, plenty of fuelWorking smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector with extra batteriesFire extinguisher and a flashlight with extra batteriesCommunication:Battery powered radio with extra batteriesExtra charger for a cell phoneList of emergency phone numbers in case the power goes out or help is neededMedicine and Food:One week supply of medications and first aid kitNon perishable foods (canned, energy bars) and can openerA week’s supply of bottled waterThese tips are brought to you by Roxanne Andrews, the Manager of One2One Home Care located on 22 River Road, Newcastle, Maine 04553. Contact Roxanne at 207-563-3038 for more information about companionship, homemaker, transportation and personal care services available to seniors in their homes.