Thursday, January 10, 2013

Senior Care Greensboro: Get Your Senior's Home Winter Ready!

By Joanne Pizzuto
The winter season has just started, so NOW is a great time to start preparing for the colder weather! In addition to dusting off coats and boots, it's a good idea to winterize your elderly loved one's home to ensure their comfort during the upcoming season. The home care professionals at Always Best Care of Alamance, serving Alamance and Guilford Counties, as well as the communities of Burlington, Southern Greensboro, Jamestown, High Point, and Roxboro, recommend following these tips to get your senior's home winter ready.

1. Inspect windows and doors for any leaks, gaps, and cracks. For windows, caulk any cracks or holes that you may find to improve the ability of your loved one's home to retain heat. For any gaps that may be present in door jambs, use weather stripping to ensure a snug fit.

2. Close any vents that are located in rooms that your elderly loved one does not use. For instance, the spare bedrooms are not in need of heat, so improve the energy efficiency of the home by closing the vents in those areas. Make sure, at the same time, that heat is flowing well into the rooms that your loved one uses regularly.

3. If your senior's home loses heat easily, try applying a clear insulating film to the windows. This should help keep the heat in and reduce energy costs while, ultimately, creating a more comfortable living space for your elderly loved one.

4. Change the furnace filter to ensure that it will work at an optimal level. You may also consider wrapping an insulation blanket around the hot water heater. If you are unsure how to do this, or what kind of blanket you need, talk to a home maintenance professional at your local hardware store. They should have everything you need to winterize your senior's home.

5. Make sure all of the spigots are turned off outside. Leaving the water running can cause it to freeze in the pipes and create expensive damage to the home. Additionally, a dripping spigot can create patches of ice that may prove dangerous to your loved one. 

The senior care professionals at Always Best Care of Alamance ( know that winterizing your elderly loved one's home is an essential part of your duties as a caregiver. By creating a warm, energy-efficient living space, you can improve the quality of life of your loved one. Additionally, checking the various vents, water heaters, furnace filters, and spigots can help you enhance the safety of their property.

We at Always Best Care are attuned to your needs and equipped with the knowledge and experience to make the transition to elderly care easier on you.  It is not an easy decision to make, so we have put together an E-booklet filled with tips, advice, and general information so that you are well informed.  If you decide to contact us to assist you care for your senior, we will discuss your needs and capabilities so that the change in their life is handled delicately.  Joanne Pizutto, the owner of Always Best Care, awaits your phone call or email, whether it is today or farther down the road.

Call today (336) 512-6744

By Joanne Pizzuto

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