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Senior Living In Winter: Here’s what you need to know

Senior living in winter can get particularly challenging as the temperatures start to drop and the days get shorter. It’s important to make sure your parent’s house is ready for winter. By taking a few simple precautions, you can help them stay warm and comfortable all season long. Here are some tips on how to get your parent’s house ready for winter.

Check the windows and doors

If there are any cracks or gaps around the windows or doors, now is the time to seal them up. This will help to keep the heat inside the house and prevent cold drafts from coming in. You can buy weatherstripping at any hardware store or online. Just be sure to measure the openings first so you know how much to buy.

Have the furnace serviced

Before winter really gets underway, it’s a good idea to have the furnace serviced by a professional. This will help to ensure that it’s running efficiently and won’t break down when you need it most. They can also clean any accumulated dust and dirt from the vents and ductwork.

Have the furnace serviced

Make sure your parent has plenty of food and other supplies in case of a winter storm. If they live in an area that gets a lot of snow, they may want to consider getting a snow blower or hiring someone to plow their driveway. It’s also a good idea to have extra blankets and pillows on hand in case the power goes out and they need to keep warm.

Regardless of how harsh your winter gets, by taking a few simple steps, you can help your parents stay safe and comfortable all winter long. Be sure to check the windows and doors for any cracks or gaps, have the furnace serviced, and stock up on supplies before winter really gets underway. With just a little bit of preparation, you can rest assured that your parents will be taken care of all season long. If you find yourself considering senior care options in the St. Paul-Minneapolis area, beyond just making sure your parents’ house is winter-ready, contact us for a conversation with our care coordinator.