Snow storms, blizzards, black ice – winters can be scary and torturous in most states. While most people like to stay indoors, cozied up by a fire, there are a few people out there who might need some extra consideration. Elderly seniors may need some extra help during the winter months. How can you help ensure that seniors aren’t isolated this winter?

1. Heating and AC Unit, Windows and Doors

Before winter hits, go to their house and make sure the heater is in working order. If needed, hire a HVAC professional to come out and do a diagnostic check on the unit to prepare for the winter months. Walk through the house and check to see if there are any cool spots where air might be coming through the windows or door frames. Make sure that your loved one will be warm this winter.

2. Neighbors

If you don’t live close to your loved one and are worried they might need some extra help, check with some neighbors and see if they don’t mind checking in on them for you. Make sure your neighbor has a list of phone numbers and any other emergency phone numbers they might need.  Having the neighbors check in on them is also a great way for them to socialize, ensuring they won’t be isolated. If you are able, set up a Skype account so you are able to reach out to them and chat with them face-to-face. This will also allow them to feel less isolated and it can also give you peace of mind. When chatting, make sure you ask important questions so that you can take care of any issues that they might have as well as check to see how their health is going.

3. In-home senior care.

If needed, you can always look into in-home senior care where someone can assist them with grocery shopping, cooking, medication, and even taking them to social activities. It is important that your loved one is able to take care of themselves if they are alone. If there are any hesitations or concerns, find a reputable agency that you can hire to help your loved ones during the winter months.

Isolation can be dangerous for senior citizens. Lack of attention and socialization can cause insomnia, high blood pressure, and cognitive deterioration. First and foremost, you will want to be sure that your loved one is in good health before the winter months. Make sure the house is in good shape and that they will be able to stay warm in the winter. Neighbors and even in-home senior care might be a good option to make sure they are well taken care of. The most important thing is to ensure your loved ones won’t be isolated this winter!