Simple Ways to Keep Your Parent Warm without Using Excessive Energy

Oct 5, 2016   //   by Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO   //   Senior Care in Cary NC  //  Comments Off

Senior Care in Cary NC

October is Energy Management is a Family Affair – Improve Your Home Month. Since this is also the time of year when many places are seeing the definite change in temperature that comes with the fall season, now is an ideal time for you as aSenior-Care-in-Cary-NC family caregiver to look into ways that you can help your parent to stay warm and comfortable without using excessive energy and resources. This is extremely helpful in keeping your parent cozy and healthy without costing them a tremendous amount of money or putting a strain on natural resources.

 

Try some of these simple ways to keep your parent warm without using excessive energy:

  • Cover up. The temperature in your parent’s home during the cooler months of the year should not be set so high that they are able to wear short sleeves or shorts inside comfortably. This means that the climate control system is set too high and is putting a tremendous strain on their utilities. Instead, the temperature should be set so that they need to wear long sleeves or even a sweat suit to stay comfortable. This also helps to reduce the dramatic shift in temperatures from inside to outside, which has been shown to increase the risk of illness.
  • That goes for floors, too. While you are making sure that your parent is wearing proper clothing, also consider the type of flooring that is in your parent’s home. Bare flooring such as wood, tile, linoleum, and marble do not hold heat and can be extremely cold to the touch. Covering these floors helps to keep the floor feeling warmer and holds on to warmth so that it keeps the entire space more comfortable. Be sure to choose covering that will not move or tangle beneath your parent’s feet to help prevent tripping or falling.
  • Let the light in. During the day, open your parent’s windows and blinds to let as much light in as possible. This will bring with it radiant heat that will help to keep the space warmer.
  • Block the cold. Something as simple as a tiny space beneath a door can make the home feel extremely chilly. Go through your parent’s home and check beneath all of the doors to feel if there is a breeze coming from under it. If you feel air moving, tuck a towel or draft blocker against the bottom of the door. This will keep the cold air out and the warm air in, increasing the indoor temperature without having to crank up the heat.

 

Starting senior care for your elderly parent can be an extremely beneficial way to help them save energy and keep their home more efficient. A senior home care services provider can help your aging loved one evaluate their home and their daily activities to find areas of their home that may be utilizing more energy than necessary so that they can help them to make meaningful changes to help them save energy and live more efficiently. This will not only help them to save money, but can give them an emotional boost knowing that they are doing something good for the planet by reducing their carbon footprint and protecting the environment for the future generations. When it comes to helping them to stay warm and comfortable in their home throughout the cooler fall and winter months, this care provider can also help your parent to stay properly dressed, pay attention to the needs of their home to make adjustments when necessary to keep the air inside the home warm and comfortable, and keep their home properly organized to ensure your loved one has access to supplies that they need to maintain their temperature effectively.

 

If you or an aging loved one are looking for senior care in Cary, NC, call Helping Hands of America at (919) 632-8891. Call today!

 

 

Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO

Founder and CEO at Helping Hands of America
Gavin Densmore is founder and CEO of Helping Hands of America LLC, Raleigh North Carolina’s oldest Senior Care agency, alocal niche patient-centric service provider toindividuals living in the Triangle of North Carolina.

Mr. Densmore has over 30 years of comprehensive sales and marketing experience including over 13 years of operational home care experience. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Marketing.

Mr. Densmore is active in many business and industry associations. He is a member of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and has served on the board for the Alzheimer’s Association Eastern NC chapter. His home care agency is the agency of choice for the State of NC, Duke University and Duke Medical, UNC and UNC Healthcare, WakeMed hospital, Rex hospital, Duke/Raleigh Community hospital, and Duke Energy.He has been an invited speaker at several industry conferences and recipient of numerous awards and recognitions.

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