Winter can be a challenging time for seniors, particularly when there is heavy snowfall. If your elderly loved one lives alone, he or she may have difficulty safely removing all the snow from his or her driveway and walkways. To help ensure your senior relative is able to safely navigate his or her home, here are a few ways you can help with snow removal, presented by Home Care Assistance Oklahoma.
1. Suit Up
The simplest way to help your elderly loved one avoid injury from shoveling is to offer your personal assistance if you live nearby. Providing this kind of help during the winter would be a treat for seniors of all abilities, as well as a way to demonstrate how much you care. If shoveling for your senior loved one is difficult because of other time commitments and responsibilities, consider reaching out to other family members to see if it would be possible to create a rotating schedule.
2. Pay a Professional
If you and your family members live far away, consider hiring a professional snow removal service to visit your senior relative’s home each time there is fresh snow. As many snow removal companies offer firm fixed price contracts for annual snow removal, you may be able to swing an affordable deal while simultaneously ensuring your loved one will never need to break out his or her shovel.
3. Install Heated Pavement
While this may be the priciest of the three options, installing heated pavement at your elderly loved one’s home is actually an economical long-term option. As heated pavement can last ten plus years, this option can be less expensive than paying for snow removal every year. Not only does heated pavement eliminate the snow as it lands, it also guards against black ice, preventing slips and falls.
Ensure your senior loved one stays safe year-round with help from Home Care Assistance. In addition to hourly and live-in care, we also offer stroke, Alzheimer’s, and dementia care Oklahoma families can trust. Our caregivers provide transportation, medication reminders, and companionship in addition to help with daily tasks. Learn more by calling our office at 405-285-4191 and requesting a free in-home consultation.