Senior Home Safety in Westport CT
Fall can be a great time of the year, especially in the northern portion of the United States. In the Northeast, millions of people visit the area to see the fall foliage. Peak fall colors can arrive at different times throughout October and November, but in New England, it usually ranges somewhere between the second week of October to the end of the month.
Further south, an autumn drive can be breathtaking, such as cruising through southern Pennsylvania, Virginia, and even the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. If you’re planning to take your elderly mother or father out for a nice afternoon drive, you want to consider safety as much as the incredible destinations you have in mind.
How to keep a senior safer on these drives.
Of course, driving safely is absolutely essential. It can be far too easy to become distracted by some of the scenes and views you’re going to experience as you reach the peak of one mountain range and begin cruising down along a winding slope.
However, this article isn’t about your driving skills, but ways to keep seniors comfortable and safe.
Plan extra stops.
You want to plan on extra stops along your route. It’s probably a good idea to plan your trip before you even head out. Know which road you’re going to take. See where there are rest areas or places where you and the senior can use the facilities, if necessary.
It’s also beneficial to get out and stretch, walk around, and get the blood flowing to the body. Depending on the senior’s physical capabilities and overall health, these extra stops can be incredibly important.
Even if the forecast is for temperatures in the mid to upper 70s, that’s usually sometime between 2 and 3 PM. After that, as the sun begins collapsing toward the western horizon, the temperature is going to drop. It could drop quickly, as well.
Make sure you bring along extra layers of clothing and possibly even a blanket.
You and other people in the car might get hot with the heater turned on, but you don’t want the senior to be shivering.
As you can see, there are some important things to consider when planning to take a simple drive to enjoy the fall foliage. As long as you plan ahead and are consciously aware of various situations that could pose hazards or discomfort for the senior, it should be an enjoyable trip for everyone.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Westport, CT, please contact the caring staff at Sovereign Home Health today at 203-523-0331.
Sovereign Home Health is focused on caring for our clients throughout Connecticut and Northern, New Jersey.With two locations and services ranging from our personal care and companion care services to our 24/7 Never Alone Care, our specially trained and certified in-home caregivers can provide you with the care and freedom you or your loved one deserve.
Each of our clients has different care needs, and Sovereign Home Health provides a range of services that can be customized to fit their unique, individual client needs. To learn more about Sovereign Home Health or to set up a free comprehensive consultation, contact us today.
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