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Winter is Here - Help Your Aging Loved Ones in Sheboygan Drive Safely

Dec 30, 2016 by Luke Ries

When the Snow Begins to Fall

Before winter comes each year, we often find ourselves anticipating its arrival with open arms. On one hand, the freshly fallen snow signals time together with family and friends, as well as the beginning of a new year. But as the harsh reality of winter becomes ever so apparent. Winters becomes harsh, roads are treacherous, and it seems that the romanticized notion of winter quickly disappears. Ideally, we don’t want to be caught in snowy weather at all – but sometimes we have to make the best of the situation and utilize the safest measures possible.

For aging adults, these conditions can be even more dangerous due to diminished eyesight, limited mobility, and an overall reduction in reaction time. If they do currently drive themselves to and from locations around town, suggest they practice the following this winter so they can maneuver the cold winter safely:

  • Have your vision examined routinely by an optometrist to ensure proper eyeglass/contact prescription
     
  • Also check your hearing, and get a hearing aid if necessary
     
  • Adjust your vehicle to maximize perception while driving (i.e., increase seat height for increased visibility and distance)
     
  • Keep de-icer, a scraper, and other essential items in the car to help with cleaning off snow – before driving
     
  • Keep warm clothes and blankets in the car in case of an emergency situation
     
  • Avoid high traffic areas altogether, but ensure that your alternate route is safe
     
  • Routinely check weather reports BEFORE deciding to drive
     
  • Consult a doctor or physician before setting out to drive at all, as you may have a condition prohibiting you from driving safely

 

Your loved ones’ safety is paramount, as is their independence. If they choose to provide their own transportation and if they’re capable of doing so safely, suggest they follow the tips above, this winter season.

 Safe Transportation and Quality Home Care

But if your senior loved ones don’t have transportation options, let them know that Comfort Keepers® can help. They don’t have to settle on being stuck inside all winter. We can help them visit with friends and family members, and get them to scheduled appointments safely and on time. Additionally, Comfort Keepers' in home caregivers can assist with your loved ones' in-home needs, whether it's personal care, help with meal preparation, companionship, or light housekeeping.

If you are interested in our unique quality home care services for your aging loved ones in the Sheboygan community, please reach out to us today, by calling (920) 204-6886 or by clicking here. We look forward to helping your loved ones today. 

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