Is Elder Care in Sharon PA Different during the Winter?

Depending on where you live in the country, elder care could be a little different during the winter months.  In the South, you’ll probably have few problems, weather wise, that would create a situation that would be different than during the summer.  However, in the northern regions of the country, where snow is possible, there are certainly going to be other considerations that have to be made when it comes to home care for the elderly.Elder Care Sharon PA

For the most part, the level of care is certainly going to be about the same.  The elderly home care provider may be asked to take the patient to a doctor’s appointment, because buses aren’t running on the same schedule, or the cold weather makes it more difficult for the senior patient to get out and get around.  They may also be asked to clear snow from a walkway if they need to go somewhere when the snow is lightly falling.

But for the most part, the level of care should be the same.  So what could be some situations that would be different when it comes to elderly care in the winter as opposed to the summer?

The most important consideration is bad weather.  When the snow is coming down and the roads are tough to pass, then this might mean that the elderly health care provider may not be able to get to the house for their patient during a planned visit.  In this instance, the home care for elderly provider should call the patient, as well as the patient’s family to let them know that they won’t be able to stop by.  Depending on the physical condition of the patient, if there is any concerns about their health, if the caregiver cannot get in touch with him or her, or their family, then they may want to contact emergency personnel.  Emergency dispatchers could send an EMS professional, police officer, or fire official to the house to conduct a welfare check, just to be on the safe side.

So occasionally there may be reasons that elder care could be different during the winter than during the summer.  The best way to determine if there might be subtle, or more significant differences is to sit down with the elderly home care provider and determine what certain expectations and procedures there might be for various situations.  When you do this, when you plan ahead, you make the entire process of care smoother and head off any potential problems that could arise due to inclement winter weather.

The caregivers at CareGivers Plus are available to talk with you and your family about all of your home care needs. CareGivers Plus is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable elder care in Sharon PA,  and the surrounding areas. Call 724-638-7110 for more information.

About Robert Devine

Robert Devine is Owner and Administrator at Caregivers Plus Home Health Care of Hermitage, PA.

Whether it’s conversation and company, or just eating a meal together, having someone to sit and visit with can help make for a happier, healthier life.

Caregivers Plus has been operating as a locally owned family-operated home care agency in Mercer County since 1994.