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If you can’t fly south, prepare for winter!


By Maria Burke, RN

Owner Celtic Angels Home Health Care

I like to give seniors and their family members who are taking care of a loved one a quick checklist on things to address in preparation for the harsh winter months ahead.

Walkways – Make sure the walkways you use to get in and out of your home are in good condition. Repair cracks to avoid any potential falls.

Ice and Snow Melt – Have a bag ready for the first ice and snowfall so you or your loved one isn’t caught off guard and homebound until the walkways are passable.

Proper Lighting – Good lighting throughout the home, both inside and out, particularly in the room you or your loved one uses most, is very important. Our eyesight diminishes as we age, and providing a well-lit living area will be helpful for ease, comfort, and safety.

Heating – Check your heating system to make sure it’s in good working condition in order to avoid emergency situations during the winter months. Call a professional if you’re not comfortable with this task.

Reduce Clutter – At any time of year, it’s good to de-clutter your home or living space by tossing old newspapers, junk mail, and other items to ensure clear pathways to and from the kitchen, washroom and bedroom. It also makes for a clean, fresh and cheerful environment when living areas are organized and clutter-free.

Bundle up and stay safe!

About the Author: Maria Burke, RN, Owner, Celtic Angels Home Health Care. Maria Burke was born in Midleton, County Cork, Ireland. She is the eldest of six and immigrated to the United States in 1988 to pursue a nursing degree to become a registered nurse. She served as a visiting nurse and from there, launched her own home health care company. Celtic Angels has two offices; Weymouth and Needham and services hundreds of elderly people across Massachusetts with a variety of services including skilled nursing, homemaking services and home health aide and CNA care services.