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Senior Care Winter Car Safety Tips

Nov 17, 2016 by Comfort Keepers of Pleasanton

If you are helping to provide senior care for an elderly loved one, then chances are you are also helping to provide transportation services for this individual from time to time. This can be a really big responsibility for any friend or family member. With the winter season fast approaching, driving seniors around can be even more dangerous. This is why it is so important to keep these winter senior care safety tips in mind all season long so your loved one can stay safe and comfortable all winter long.

  • Make sure that you are keeping the car at a warm temperature. Many seniors are much more sensitive to cold weather than younger adults.
  • Never underestimate how icy roads, sidewalks and parking lots can be. Try to eliminate the amount of walking your loved one has to do whenever driving in the winter.
  • Make sure to get your vehicle winterized at the beginning of the season so it can handle cold-weather driving. Having to stop with a senior in order to handle car issues in the winter can be traumatic.
  • Before you leave the home, make sure that your senior loved one has the right footwear on. In the winter, seniors should always be wearing comfortable, flat shoes with plenty of traction so they don’t slip and fall while getting in and out of the car.
  • Always make sure you are helping your loved one get into and out of the car, even if they have a mobility aide to help them. This will help prevent falls.
  • Try to limit how many car trips you take in the winter. It is always better to be safe rather than sorry.

Car safety is an important part of effective senior care, especially in the winter months. Keep these senior care tips in mind this winter to make sure your senior loved one is staying safe, no matter where their adventures may take them.

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