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Home-Winterizing Tips for Seniors with Live-In Care

Live-In Care for Seniors in Bristol, CT – Keeping Seniors and their Live-In Caregivers Safe at Home During the Coldest Months

Live-In Care for Seniors in Bristol, CT Yes, winter is here. The cold temperatures, snow, ice, and other signs of winter have descended upon the entire country. Only a few areas have escaped freezing temperatures so far.

A live-in home care provider may want to encourage the elderly patient to have their homes winterized to keep both of them warm and safe throughout the season to come. A handyman or a family member could help make these changes. Below are some important home winterizing tips:

1. Check the heating system.

It’s important to make sure the heating system is going to work and that there’s plenty of fuel for the next few months. Encouraging the elderly homeowner to hire an HVAC technician to come and inspect the system personally is the best idea, but if that’s not possible for some reason, check to make sure that the heating system goes on as it’s supposed to, that it emits enough heat, and there are no odd sounds coming from it. Any issues that need to be addressed should be done immediately.

2. Inspect all heating ducts.

There is either radiant heating or forced hot air in the house. Whichever one it is should be checked to make sure that it works properly and is free of obstructions. All radiant heaters should be inspected when the furnace is running to make sure that hot air is being generated throughout the home.

All heating ducts should be cleaned, vacuumed out, and checked to make sure they’re not blocked by furniture or other debris.

3. Check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the house.

There should be a smoke detector in every bedroom and each hallway in the house. A carbon monoxide detector should also be at the top of any stairwell or somewhere in the hall. Checking these is usually pretty simple, such as the depressing a button for a couple of seconds. If they don’t work, change the batteries and check again. If they still don’t work, have them replaced.

4. Check all fire extinguishers.

During winter, the risk of a fire in the house increases. It’s important to have working and fully charged fire extinguishers on hand. Have one designated for grease fires as well is a general fire extinguisher somewhere easily accessible.

5. Close outdoor faucets.

An outdoor faucet, such as one for a hose, could freeze and if the pipe bursts and the line is open, it can lead to flooding in the basement or other area of the house. Making sure these lines are closed and drained properly is important.

These are just a few winterizing tips to help keep seniors safe at home and their live-in caregivers as well.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Bristol, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Bristol at 860-597-3924.

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Sandy Fiorito

Director of Care Services at Synergy HomeCare of Greater Bristol
Sandy Fiorito RN, is the Director of Care Services at Synergy Homecare of Greater Bristol.Sandy has been a nurse for over 35 years with a wide range of experience in hospital settings.Most recently she was the head nurse for the medical component at the Wheeler Clinic’s Northwest Village School.Sandy’s skills as a nurse are a great asset to Synergy clients because she is able to successful bridge the non-medical care with the skilled care aspects of a client’s needs.

What our clients say most is that they come to rely on Sandy’s calm assurance when they discuss the plans to keep their loved ones at home.They also love her calm way with their elderly parents as they make the sometimes difficult transition to having to acknowledge the need to have help.

Sandy loves to work on her flowers in the yard and golf.The rest of her free time is spent with her three grandchildren.

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