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Pittsburgh Senior Care Company Offers Winter Care Tips

Pittsburgh Senior Care - a local Comfort Keeperís group - offered some tips for the care of seniors this coming winter, which some are forecasting to be especially harsh this year.


With winter fast approaching, Pittsburgh Senior Care has issued a number of winter care tips that can help seniors remain comfortable and safe even if the temperatures plummet and heavy snow blankets the ground.† According to a statement from Mary Donohue, owner of PSC, there are 6 primary items families should consider when preparing their senior loved ones for the winter:

1.) Emergency Preparedness

Keep candles, flashlights, batteries, blankets, critical medications and clean water in an easily accessible place - preferably not the basement or attic - which seniors may have difficulty reaching in the event of an emergency.††

2.) Insulation and Pipes

Check to be sure that all areas of the home are properly insulated - especially pipes - as a broken water line can result in disaster.† If necessary consider low voltage heat tape as an inexpensive way to provide some extra piece of mind.† Also check for any signs of pipe corrosion, and drain and winterize any plumbed sections of the house that wonít be used for the winter months.†

3.) Chimney and Ventilation

A clean chimney and ventilation points is an essential part of winter health and safety.† In most cases a professional should be called in to inspect these items and carry out any required maintenance.†

4.) Snow Removal Issues

Ensure that your senior loved one has access to equipment and clothing if physically capable of snow removal tasks.† Consider installing specialized no-slip surfaces in key areas like outside steps and walkways.† Arrange all snow removal services well in advance of winter as many plow companies are fully booked with clients by the time snow falls.†

5.) Fuel Delivery

Whether itís firewood, propane, kerosene, wood chips or any other heating source, ensure that all necessary deliveries are pre-arranged.† If your family member has critical health needs, itís also a wise idea to let the fuel company know - in writing - that fuel services support medical need in the home.†

6.) Car Care

Winter tires, studded tires, salt, sand and a number of other tools and equipment must be easily available if your elderly loved one drives during the winter.† In many cases this equipment may not be enough - especially on heavy snow days, and your family member may require direct assistance from you, another family member, an in home care worker, or some other trusted individual.†

Donohue went on to say that in addition to the above items, itís also important to ensure that seniors remain active during the winter on both physical and emotional/psychological levels.† She specifically encourages family members to visit often and for seniors to engage in medically-approved exercise.

Pittsburgh Senior Care is a Comfort Keepers in-home care agency serving all of Pittsburgh and beyond.† The local CK franchise website can be accessed at (a collaborative resource provided by three local Comfort Keepers agencies,) or call for press kits or an immediate consultation: (412) 653-6100 † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † ††


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