5 Cold Weather Tips For Elderly in Winter

Elderly in winter - grandfather in wheelchair and granddaughter outside in winter

Now that it is December, cold weather has officially arrived in North Carolina! In this article, we will discuss 5 tips for elderly in winter. Keep reading to learn what you can do to keep your senior loved ones comfortable this season.

1. Consider the Heat Source

The first cold weather tip we have is to consider your heat source. Check on your or your elderly loved one’s furnace to ensure it is running properly. You may want to look into purchasing a generator that could power a heat source for a short time if the power happens to go out. This will help ensure your loved one stays at a comfortable temperature, no matter the weather.


2. Prepare the Pantry

Before winter comes in full swing, it is important to start thinking about things you could eat that don’t need to be cooked just in case the power goes out. For example, stock up on granola bars, crackers, and other snacks and meals that don’t need an oven. Another item to make sure you have stocked is over-the-counter medicine, such as Tylenol, ibuprofen, and other common pain relief meds.

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stocked pantry for winter


3. Stock Up On Water

Similar to our last tip, don’t forget to stockpile water as well! A basic rule of thumb is to stock one gallon of water per person per day and to have at least three days of water on hand at all times. If you have the space to do more then this is great!


4. Seal All Areas Around Your Doors

The fourth tip to ensuring the elderly loved ones in your life stay comfortable this winter is to seal all areas around your doors. Check that each door that accesses the outdoors is properly sealed in order to keep the warmth inside.

If you see problematic areas, you can buy some inexpensive foam door tape and place it around any door without a proper fit or seal.

senior man with a walker answering the door at home


5. Get Your Cars Ready

Our last tip for elderly in the winter is to prep your cars for the colder weather. Get the oil changed, put in anti-ice windshield washer fluid, and check and replace the windshield wiper blades if they need it. If you have a 4×4, make sure the 4-wheel drive is working properly. Put a winter emergency kit in your car as well.

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