As we wind up summer and enter the fall months, there are important things that our seniors should be prepared for. Golden Heart Senior Care Southern Utah can provide superior assistance with senior living and can help prepare your loved ones for the seasons to come. Autumn is a wonderful time of year in southern Utah but it can bring a spike in season related falls and illnesses as the weather starts to change and get cooler. Preparation can be difficult for elderly people who live on their own and have to maintain property. We will take a look at some of the critical things that should be checked.
Cold and flu season will soon be upon us. The best way to protect against the flu virus is to get vaccinated each year in the fall. This can seriously prevent flu-related hospitalizations among our elderly population. Other vaccinations to consider for adults over 60 years of age are pneumococcal vaccines, which protect against meningitis, bloodstream infections, pneumonia, and ear infections. Zoster vaccine to protect against shingles.
Elderly people who live alone should take extra care to ensure that the following items are checked to prevent serious injury or costly damage:
- Have professional check heating system
- Replace furnace filters
- Clean ducts
- Clean dryer vent
- Have chimney inspected and cleaned
- Test all batteries and replace if necessary
- Test smoke alarms and CO monitors
- Check all windows and doors to ensure proper operation and to prevent drafts
If space heaters are used, check for proper operation and use, and replace if necessary. Also if humidifiers are being used, change pads or filters and clean the water tank to ensure efficient operation.
Yard work doesn’t stop when summer ends. Fall is the time to have rain gutters cleaned and downspouts checked for blockage or debris. Have trees and shrubs pruned one last time before winter. As the leaves begin to fall ensure that walkways and driveways are cleared. When it rains, this can result in slippery conditions and can cause falls and serious injuries.
Fun Autumn Activities
After a long hot summer in southern Utah, autumn is a great time of year to be outside. Encourage your senior loved one to go on walks and enjoy the colors and watch the birds. Be sure to check out all of the fall festivities in St George and surrounding areas.
Golden Heart Senior Care Southern Utah, St. George, Cedar City would like to assist you or your loved one during this change of season. Please contact us today for more information on how we can help with these household and lawn duties, as well as providing companionship services. You’re in Caring Hands With Golden Heart Senior Care Southern Utah.