Senior Care For All Seasons: Simplify Winter Maintenance In Madison, WI


Senior Care for All Seasons: Simplify Winter Maintenance in Madison, WI

Madison winters can be harsh, with biting winds, low temperatures, and serious snowfall, and these conditions can make home maintenance difficult, even dangerous, for older adults, especially those living with mobility restrictions.

In fact, according to The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, more than 11,000 snow-shoveling related injuries occur in the United States each year, and adults aged 55 and older face the highest risk of musculoskeletal exertion and slip-and-fall injury.

With Wisconsin’s senior fall rate far exceeding the national average, especially during the cold months, it is clear that older adults need support with winter maintenance, and our senior care teams are here to help.

Read on to learn a few ways we simplify winter maintenance for Madison seniors, or call (608)-315-2378 to speak directly with a senior care coordinator in your area.

Simplify Winter Maintenance With Senior Care Services In Madison, WI

In addition to providing assistance with cooking, cleaning, transportation, medication management, and activities of daily living, our senior care teams are happy to help with winter maintenance to reduce the risks of physical stress, slip-and-fall injuries, and damage to the home care environment.

Here’s a few ways we can help this winter:

  • Leave the salting and shoveling to your senior care team—This eliminates the number-one winter source of musculoskeletal exertion and slip-and-fall injuries for seniors, and gives them more time to do what they love.
  • Ask your senior care team for help with holiday decorations—If your loved ones struggle with certain activities of daily living, you probably don’t want them climbing ladders to string lights or set up decorations. Leave it up to us—or, if it’s a really big job, we can contact a seasonal lighting service and leave it to the pros.
  • Fix any leaky doors or windows—Leaky doors and windows not only make it more expensive to heat the home; they can also put your home at risk of water damage, particularly during the winter thaw. To prevent these problems and keep hydro costs low, our senior care team can help you spot any signs of trouble, then book a professional service call to have any leaks or insulation issues fixed.

  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors—Your loved one will want to keep the doors and windows tightly shut to lock out the cold winter air, which means fresh air flow will be at a minimum. This makes the home more susceptible to the build-up of dangerous gasses, while the increased use of home heating systems also increases the risks of structural fires. For this reason, you need to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working this winter, and our senior care teams can take care of it.

Book A Free Senior Care Consultation In Madison, WI

Always Best Care proudly serves the Dane County community, delivering personalized senior care services on-demand to clients throughout Madison and all of the surrounding areas, including:

  • Oregon, WI
  • McFarland, WI
  • Cottage Grove, WI
  • Middleton, WI
  • Waunakee, WI, and beyond

To learn more about how we can improve your loved one’s safety, comfort, and quality of life, you can:

References

Watson, D. S., Shields, B. J., & Smith, G. A. (2011). Snow shovel–related injuries and medical emergencies treated in US EDs, 1990 to 2006. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 29(1), 11-17.

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