Summer is a great time for people to get outdoors and enjoy the glorious weather. Many people wait a long time through a difficult winter and spring season that may have grudgingly relented to the summer weather, but eventually it does get here. Along with summer comes severe storms. It’s almost a guarantee in many parts of the country that severe thunderstorms are going to pop up from time to time. The Midwest and Southeast are often prone to more severe weather than the Southwest, for example, but even in the Southwest there are many risks of severe weather during the warmest months of the year.
To improve safety for seniors within the comfort of their home, it’s necessary to be aware of these risks, but also what could happen after the storms have passed.
Check all walkways afterward.
When a storm has passed, it could have thrown leaves, sticks, and other debris on to common walking areas. If a senior has difficulty with their mobility, if they use a cane or walker to get around, any debris can be a potential hazard to them.
It’s important to check all walkways after storms have passed. Even if the storm doesn’t appear to have thrown much debris around the yard, at least from the view inside the house, that doesn’t mean all walkways are free and clear of all debris.
It only takes a couple of minutes for somebody to check the walkways, driveways, and sidewalks for the senior to make sure they are safe. A friend or even a neighbor might be willing to do this for that elderly person.
Don’t jump the gun.
When a storm has just passed, it’s important not to rush getting outside to check these walkways or to see what has happened. Just because the system has passed doesn’t mean the risk of downdraft or lightning is over. As long as thunder can be heard, there is still a risk of lightning striking at any time.
Be patient. The senior is better served staying indoors in a safe shelter until such time as it is evidently clear the threat is over.
Whenever severe weather has moved through an area, the risk of flooding could also be prevalent. If the senior is out driving, they should be encouraged to stay put and heed all warnings about potentially flooded areas. If they see standing water on any road, no matter how safe it may seem, they should avoid trying to drive through these areas.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Salisbury, NC, contact the caring professionals at TenderHearted Home Care today. Call us at 704-612-4132
I have enjoyed volunteering my time as the President of the Rowan County Home School Association, assisting with the Parkinson’s Support Group, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Pregnancy Support Center, MOPS International, Capstone Recovery Center, Kairos Outside, Celebrate Recovery, various church committees and going on a mission trip to Moldova. I am a member of the Rowan County Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels board member, REACH of Rowan County, HIPSS of Davidson County, Second Tuesday Business Group and several Christian Business Life Groups.
I am passionate about serving others and providing the most compassionate care possible, as I would want for my own family. I love relaxing with my husband, Peter, and my two dogs, Yoyo and Terra Cotta.
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