Winter Safety Tips for Senior Citizens – Step by Step
HOME MAINTENANCE: Are your outside water pipes insulated? Do any exterior light bulbs needs replacing for the dark winter? Do you have any drafts that can be blocked? Are your garden tools cleaned and stored in a dry place? Where is your snow shovel (if needed)? Do you have kitty litter to sprinkle for safety on slippery steps?
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VEHICLE MAINTENANCE: Do you have sufficient anti-freeze in your car? What about the tires and brakes? Is an oil change or general service due?
TRANSPORTATION ARRANGEMENTS: Post telephone numbers of your primary contacts in case of loss of power/heat, cab companies who work on snow days, and of course, your local police and ambulance services in case of any emergency.
APPOINTMENTS AND MEDICATIONS: Review your calendar for winter appointments made or that need to be made. Fill prescriptions as quickly as you can in good weather in order to have a good supply if the weather turns bad and you cannot get out.
GENERAL MOBILITY: Do you have someone, perhaps in your neighborhood, who can help with clearing ice and snow from steps or driveway? Or pick up needed items at the grocery? Or bring your mail, if not delivered to your door? Safety is the vital issue! We do not need broken bones!
HINTS FOR NEEDS AND WANTS: Holidays are just around the corner! Why not drop hints to your family and friends about the things you may need or want for the winter months! A new throw or lap robe?
Warmer flannel gown or pajamas? A nice robe? A book or two of stamps? A snuggly sweater?
Priority Winter Safety Tips for Senior Citizens
MUST DO: By all means, if you do not have a cell phone, seriously consider purchasing one! I began cell phone usage with a very basic, inexpensive phone to which I added limited minutes by buying a card to do so. I used it only in emergency situations or when I traveled alone. Learn to use the phone and do two things: Call out and answer calls. Charge it faithfully every day! Mine actually, “sleeps with me” so it is right by my side if I have any concerns at all. In fact, my flashlight sleeps with me, too. Learn your location’s emergency short dial number! Include a list of most important numbers in your cell phone case, along with your own cell phone number…I never remember that one!
This is a long list, and I am sure most of these things you have handled or plan to, but maybe some of the list will helpful for your comfort and safety during the winter months! Let’s stay warm and enjoy!
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