When you winterize your home to make it safe for seniors, you are protecting them from the risks and dangers that come with the cold winter weather. When you have a senior in the home, or a senior who regularly visits the home, it is important to take extra precautions as you clear the walk ways.
As regular snow and ice become part of the winter forecast, it can mean regularly shoveling your driveway. But even when you clear the snow on your driveway, ice can build up, making outdoor surfaces more slippery. Regularly salting the driveway, sidewalks, and front porch is an important way to keep your home safe in the winter months. You may also need to use a shovel to chip away at ice build up.
Make sure to pay extra attention to the area of your driveway and walkway between where a guest may park the car, and how they would enter your home.
As we age, it can be difficult to maintain that constant awareness of our surroundings. For instance, if the threshold into your home is particularly steep, it may be worth it to purchase or utilize a small threshold ramp for reduced risk. This can make it easier for someone who may overlook an uneven layout.
If the stairs into your home prove to be an added challenge, it may be time for an outdoor stairlift before the worst of the winter weather arrives. There are self-installed and dealer-installed options, and they are built and designed to last in the rugged outdoor elements. This may be an important step to winterize your home.
If you have or use a wheelchair ramp, it is important to make sure they remain clear of snow, and salt, and easily usable. Otherwise they can be too slick to use.
Do you have questions about how to make your home’s exterior safer in the winter months? Contact us today, and we’d be happy to discuss solutions with you!