Pittsburgh / Allison Park Senior Care Blog

Items to Keep in Your Car for the Colder Weather Season

By Erin Carll

Home Care in Cheswick PA

As a family caregiver part of your responsibility toward your parent is helping them to stay healthy, safe, and engaged no matter what the season. You know that their needs change as the seasons do, which means that you need to be prepared for these needs and ready to address them. One thing that you might not immediately think of when it comes to addressing increased needs during the cold weather season is what you keep in your car. You likely spend a considerable amount of time in your vehicle and your loved one may as well. Having the right items in the car with you is an important part of avoiding potentially dangerous situations as the temperatures drop low this fall and winter.

Some items that you should keep in your car for the colder weather season include:

• Blankets. You never know when your car might break down, leaving your parent and you stranded. If the weather outside is cold, the temperature inside the vehicle can drop very quickly. This can put everyone inside, particularly your vulnerable elderly adult, at risk of hypothermia. Keeping blankets in the care ensures that if this happens, you can keep warm until you can get going again.

• Food and water. As with any other time of year, it is important to have adequate food and water in the vehicle to sustain you if something happens and you end up stuck in the vehicle for an extended period. When the weather is cold, however, it is important that your rations have more calories. This will help to give your body the energy that it needs to stay warm and keep you going even in the cold temperatures.

• Vehicle fluids. Keeping the right vehicle fluids in the car at all times means that you can make some quick maintenance and repairs that can help your vehicle stay reliable. Most important is anti-freeze, which will keep your engine running smoothly even in cold temperatures.

• Flares or bright cloth. It is important to be prepared in the event that your vehicle is stranded in severe weather. Flares or bright cloth can bring attention to your vehicle so that it is easier for help to find you.

Starting elderly care for your aging parent is a fantastic way to help them stay healthier, safer, and more comfortable as they age in place during the cold weather season. This elderly home care services provider can be there with your parent to ensure that they are taking the proper steps to avoid the potential dangers of this season, and to encourage them to stay active and engaged even when the temperature drops. This care provider can evaluate your parent’s specific needs, challenges, and limitations and create a personalized approach to care and support tailored to addressing these needs in the way that is right for them while keeping in mind their personality, beliefs, and goals as well as the increased challenges of the winter season.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring in-home care in Cheswick, PA, please call the caring staff at Home Helpers. Call today (412) 201-0712.