Jewish Senior Living: Autumn Safety Checklist
As the weather changes, there are so many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors! The arrival of autumn means crisp breezes and long afternoons taking in the changing leaves. It also means that winter is right around the corner.
Whether your senior loved ones are enjoying the foliage at home or out and about with family and friends, there are simple things you can do to keep them safe this fall and help them get ready for winter.
Stay joyful, safe, and healthy all autumn long!
Keep Seniors Safe this Autumn
- Talk with your loved one’s doctor about a flu shot. Older people are more vulnerable to the flu. There are even high dose flu vaccines made especially for people over 65.
- Be sure to wash hands frequently and well to prevent the spread of cold, flu, and other germs. Those with memory impairment may need additional reminders about hand washing.
- Have both lighter and heavier clothing available during outings. The weather can change quickly!
- Make sure that the walkways of your loved one’s home are cleared of leaves and branches.
- As the air becomes dryer, make sure that your loved one is well hydrated and has a good winter skin care routine in place. [LINK to skin care blog
Getting Seniors Ready for Winter
If your senior loved one is in their own home, now is the time to check the home to ensure that any needed repairs are complete before winter begins.
- Clean gutters.
- Test the heat to make sure it is working properly.
- Replace the furnace filter.
- Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Clean dryer vents.
- Replace bulbs in outdoor light fixtures as the days get shorter.
- Stock the home with winter supplies, such as non-perishable food and ice melt.
FountainView at College Road is a glatt kosher senior living community in Rockland County, NY.