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Home Care Aide And Weather Safety Tips For Seniors

Oct 16, 2017 by Samantha Pfeifer

No matter where your senior client lives, there is always bound to be some type of unexpected weather that crops up. It is important that you are able to adapt to it and protect your client from the situations that may occur afterwards as well. While you may not be able to stop the weather from occurring, you can be better prepared for the many issues that may arise and as a home care aide, it is important that you place your client’s safety above all else. Here is a small guide on what to do to protect seniors around their home.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

While you may not hear about it as often, carbon monoxide poisoning is a thing and it can affect your senior client. Kerosene, wood, natural gas, and other fuels can produce carbon monoxide and in large amounts too. Since this chemical is odorless and invisible, seniors can inhale it and you may not know until it is too late. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Call an inspector to check for leaks
  • Never allow your client to heat their home with a stove
  • Open up a window for fresh air
  • Have carbon monoxide detectors installed

Power Outages

As a home care aide, you need to help your client prepare for instances when the power may be out. Rain, wind, and snow can all lead to power outages, which means your client is likely to experience one at some point in time. Here are some ways you can help your client prepare their home:

  • Have flashlights and radios on hand
  • Be present as a home care aide to assist your client
  • Stockpile the senior with blankets, food, and water
  • Have phone numbers ready and handy

As a home care aide, you should work closely with your client and their family to make sure that your client has all of the tools, hardware, and supplies needed should inclement weather threaten them. Comfort Keepers in Waite Park has trained all of its caregivers to provide quality service day in and out. 

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