Home Winterizing Tips for Seniors

While it is easy to get caught up in the beautiful leaves on the trees and the gastronomical excitement of pumpkin spice EVERYTHING, it is not too soon to begin preparing your home for the cold winter months.

If you live in an area that typically gets frigid temperatures and frozen precipitation, there are several crucial maintenance tasks that should be completed annually in order to keep systems running correctly and protect the home from winter damage.

Check your heating system

This is critical for those seniors who have chronic health conditions that make them more susceptible to cold temperatures. It is is wise to schedule an appointment with a reputable HVAC technician for an annual system inspection and cleaning to ensure your heat is running efficiently and safely on that first cold day of the season. An unmaintained system often uses more power, thus increasing heating bills.

Prepping for snow & ice removal.

Do an inventory of the snow removal essential for sidewalks, driveways, and vehicles before bad weather is in the forecast. You can bet that as soon as the weatherperson puts snowflakes on the 5-day forecast, there will be a run on stores for these important items! 

Remember: a slip on the ice can be dangerous, even lethal, for seniors, so use extra caution when walking outside in inclement conditions. It may be well-worth the money to pay a neighbor or a snow-removal service to take care of this necessary task.

Prepare for power outages

Severe winter weather always carries the potential for power outages, so it is critical to be prepared for the worst, planning ahead not only for water and food, but also for a safe source of heat. 

Consider your options

If you are a senior–or the caregiver for a senior–and feel a little overwhelmed by this to-do list, that might be a sign that it is time to consider your options. While many people think they want to age in place at home, when the realities of maintaining a house start to become too difficult, it may be time for a move to a senior living facility. From continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) to 55 and over neighborhoods, almost all senior living options’ fees will include at least exterior property upkeep and maintenance, taking those chores off of your plate. Some things are worth the money.

A weekly feature for Lumby, Cherryville, and area seniors. For more information about any of the following please contact Lauralee or Jenny at (250) 547-8866 Whitevalley Community Resource Centre Office (250) 547-8866. Funding support provided by Interior Health, the Province of British Columbia (Community Gaming), United Way Southern Interior and United Way Lower Mainland.

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