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Tips When Visiting Elderly Grandparents

Grandparents love visits from their grandchildren. Grandchildren benefit from wonderful memories of their grandparents, stories they shared, words of wisdom, new perspectives, and even old-fashioned home cooked meals. To make the visit go as smoothly as possible, here are a few tips.

  • Young children may not understand their grandparent's health conditions such as Alzheimer's or Dementia. You can inform young children of what they may see and to understand certain behavior is just part of their illness not who they are as a person.
  • Time limits can help ensure there is plenty of time for conversation and other activities, but not too much that elderly grandparents become exhausted from the visit. Setting time limits ensure a more enjoyable visit for both parties.
  • Pick certain activities to do with grandparents on each visit, such as reading stories, looking over old photos, or working on a puzzle. This will keep grandparents and grandchildren actively involved with each other during the visit.
  • Give young children options in caring for their grandparents during their visit; such as reading to them, making them a snack, getting them a blanket or shawl are great ways to have children actively involved.
  • Regularly scheduled visits help grow relationships between grandchildren and grandparents. It also helps in avoiding seeing drastic changes in grandparents that may worry young grandchildren.
  • Talk to young grandchildren after the visit to answer any concerns or questions they may have about their grandparents or any conditions they may have.
Midwest Home Care offers compassionate in home health care services.

The Elderly and Driving

There are more accidents per mile driven in Adults 65 and older than in any other age group. Winter driving comes with even more hazardous road conditions and weather, and needs even more vigilance and care when driving. There are a few precautions you can take during the winter in Northeast Ohio.

  • Winterize your vehicle before bad weather hits. Have your fluids such as antifreeze checked, windshield wipers, and tires checked or replaced as needed to ensure they are in optimal driving condition.
  • Remember to take your fully charged cell phone with you when you drive in winter weather. Let someone know where you are going and when you should return.
  • Avoid driving during severe weather conditions such as high winds, blizzards, or snow storms.
  • Stock your vehicle with basic emergency supplies such as a flashlight, blankets, batteries, shovel, road salt, and cables.
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Fire and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Risks

During winter months in Northeast Ohio, temperatures and plummet quickly. Many turn to wood burning fireplaces, natural gas, kerosene, space heaters, or other heating resources to stay warm. This also increase risk of a fire or carbon monoxide leaks.

Here are a few precautionary measures you can take to lower your risk this winter.

  • Have your chimneys and flues or furnaces inspected annually.
  • Open a window, even a small crack, while using a kerosene heating source.
  • Make sure you have working smoke / carbon monoxide detector located throughout the house, especially around fireplaces, wood stoves, and other heaters.
  • Make sure space heaters are at least 3 feet away from anything that may catch fire, such as curtains, bedding, clothes, or furniture.
  • Never heat your home using unsafe methods or practices, such as via a gas stove or charcoal grill.