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3 End-of-Summer Senior Safety Tips

Senior Home Safety in Houston TX

Senior Home SafetySummer is coming to a close. That’s not something most people want to hear, even in those southern states. This year might be different, though, especially with the flooding, fire hazards, and other natural disasters occurring all across the country. For seniors living at home, safety should be a full-time, year-round focus, and here are some tips that can help them stay safer at home as we head into the autumn months ahead.

Fall Safety Tip #1: Check the heating system.

No matter where a person lives in the country, as we move through September, October, and November, the heating days will begin to increase. That means the earlier you make an appointment with an HVAC technician to come out and inspect and properly maintain the furnace and heating system, the more comfortable the senior will be that when they need it, the heat will turn on and function properly.

The longer a person waits to have this inspection and general maintenance done, the greater the chances it breaks down at the most inopportune time, such as in the middle of winter when it’s the coldest it’s going to be all year.

Fall Safety Tip #2: Inspect the windows.

The senior should make sure all of the windows are properly inspected for functionality. Even if they are relatively new replacement windows, humidity and other factors can affect functionality. They should easily open and close.
The windows will most likely be opened more frequently during the fall months, at least in September and October.

The evenings and nights will get colder, so they will need to be closed to protect the resident in their home.

If there are any issues with the windows, getting them repaired now is the best idea.

Fall Safety Tip #3: Discuss fall cleanups.

Perhaps the senior already has a lawn crew coming by every week to take care of the property. Whether they do or don’t, they should discuss fall cleanup.

When the leaves begin falling, usually sometime in October, they could continue falling through November and maybe even early December, depending on where they live. If that’s the case, having a lawn crew coming by every week to blow the leaves off the property is going to add up quickly in cost.

Most lawn crews will only come by once or twice a season to do a light cleanup and then a final one. That may not keep seniors safe at all times. Discuss with the lawn crew or some other crew about stopping by once a week to just blow off common walking areas and the steps. That might not cost much at all.

These tips certainly help keep seniors safe at home this fall season.

The staff at SYNERGY HomeCare are available to talk with you and your family about all of your elder care needs. SYNERGY HomeCare is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable home care in Houston, TX and the surrounding areas. Call us for more information at 713-396-5211.

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Mike Willett

Michael Willett is the owner of the Synergy HomeCare Central Houston office, but is also the Regional Director for Synergy HomeCare in South Texas.He currently acts as the owner and co-administrator of his owned & operated Synergy HomeCare franchise, but also develops the Synergy HomeCare franchise throughout Texas.Mr. Willett joined Synergy HomeCare in August of 2006 and has built a very successful franchise over the past seven years.Synergy HomeCare now has seven locations in Houston/Beaumont, Texas region, and plans to expand into several additional Texas markets within the next 12 months.Prior to his entrepreneurial venture into Synergy HomeCare, Mr. Willett was a portfolio manager for a Houston-based Investment Management firm.

Specialties: Mr. Willett is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.After graduating from undergraduate school in 1993, Mr. Willett accepted a position as an analyst within the Valuation Service Group of Price Waterhouse in Chicago, Illinois.Mr. Willett spent three years in financial consulting before transitioning into the world of investment management.