Protecting your friends and loved ones During Difficult Weather

Greetings to you from our First Care family, we hope you have had a wonderful and productive week.  We know that this week was difficult, because of the inclement weather that affected our area.  As much as we’d love to say that the worst is over, in all likelihood it is not.  However, we are here to give you some ideas or tips about what to do to prepare for the next time a storm comes our way. The first thing you should know is that our staff takes it upon themselves to account for each and every client. We ask them about their materials and confirm wether or not there is food available in their homes. It is also important to us that their physical needs are being met such as clean clothes, available meds, and anything else they may need in an emergency.  We make sure our aides are also accounted for and are present through harsh conditions, so they may be able to tend to the needs of the clients who simply can’t afford to be without our aides.

Winter Tips to Keep Loved Ones Safe

1.Be sure your senior loved one wears the correct footwear, wearing shoes and boots that are not worn out and still provide good traction on the heels and soles and also include special anti-skid materials to prevent slips and falls.

2.Keep the sidewalks and driveways clear of ice; have someone (hopefully NOT an at-risk senior) blow or shovel the snow away as needed, apply de-icing material such as salt to reduce the ice buildup on walkways.

3.Be sure the steps leading up to the house are in good repair and are not weak or wobbly as they will be even more difficult to navigate safely when there may be snow, water and ice buildup.

4.Caution your senior loved one to take his or her time when moving from one location to another and to step carefully when they can’t tell if the path is clear and have your senior walk with someone to help keep him upright.

5.Be sure all walkways have a steady handrail that can be used to help your senior keep her balance.

6.Remind your loved ones to eat foods or take supplements in adequate amounts that will keep their bones strong to prevent breaks if they do fall. These supplements may include those such as calcium, vitamin D and dairy products — or whatever their doctors recommend.

7.Have your senior loved one stay active all year to maintain the muscles that will help move freely and maintain balance on all walking surfaces, especially ice.

8.Be sure they know not to be afraid to ask for help if needed.

9.Prepare your senior for an emergency if he or she does fall.  Who will she call, how will she get to a phone, who will check on him daily to be sure he is safe?  Is it time for an alert system that can assist in an emergency? Consider implementing planned check in times when the weather creates extra risks.

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First Care of New York will always be ready and available to provide our services including Live in Care, Personal Care, Home Health and Companionship during all seasons of the year.  We understand the responsibility of being there for you when you need us most. If you or someone you know is having difficulty with activities of daily living, please feel free to reach out to us and see how we can help 718-741-5956. Or you can visit our website


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