13 Mar 2015

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Helping Your Senior Family Members Stay Safe This Winter

Even though spring is just around the corner, the cold winter temperatures are still hanging around. Winter brings icy, slippery walkways and low temperatures, which can be especially dangerous for seniors. Keep these winter safety tips in mind to help ensure that your loved ones stay safe this season, no matter their age.

  • Falling is one of the biggest concerns for seniors in the winter. Make sure to keep walkways clear of clutter and snow. If you are not able to make it to your senior family member’s house every day, ask a trusted neighbor to help out. Providing them with non-slip socks will help to keep them warm and safe. If you are still worried about a fall after taking the proper precautions, consider investing in a wearable electronic emergency call device.
  • Dropping body temperatures can be especially dangerous for seniors. Installing a programmable thermostat can help to ensure that their house is always at a comfortable temperature. If they are using a space heater, make sure it is always kept at least three feet away from flammable items, and that all the carbon monoxide alarms are working properly.
  • If a large storm is coming, consider moving your senior family member into your house, or have them spend a couple of nights with you. If you are not able to make these arrangements, make sure to check in by phone as often as possible.

Having the right insurance policies can help to ensure that you and your loved ones stay safe through winter. Contact the insurance professionals at Sausman Insurance for all of your insurance needs. With locations in both Mifflintown and Millersburg, Pennsylvania, we will work with you to ensure that you have the right amount coverage, all at the right price.