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Tips for Winterizing Your Vehicle to Prepare for Serious Weather

Senior Care in Cherry Hill NJ

Senior Care in Cherry Hill NJThe winter season can pose extra challenges and demands in your caregiver routine, and it is important that you are prepared to handle these effectively so that you can keep your aging parent safe, healthy, and comfortable throughout this time of year. While you likely think about all of the ways that you can prepare your parent and their home to handle the chill, it is important that you do not forget about the times when they, and you, will not be in the home. Ensuring that your vehicle is properly winterized is essential to ensuring you are prepared in the event of an emergency when you are on the road this winter.

Use these tips to properly winterize your vehicle to prepare for serious weather this winter season:

• Ensure that the vehicle always has sufficient antifreeze to prevent the engine from freezing
• Check to make sure that the battery is in good condition and not close to wearing out. Also be sure that the battery terminal is kept clean to prevent corrosion and malfunction
• Check the ignition system to ensure that it is good condition and responsive
• Ensure brakes have proper fluid levels and are not worn out. Replace pads if they are excessively worn
• Check the exhaust system for any damage or leaks that might cause carbon monoxide to go into the cabin of the vehicle
• Replace the fuel and air filters to help the vehicle operate properly and remain reliable
• Keep the gas tank full to help prevent it from freezing and prevent water from getting into the system
• Check the heater and the defroster and ensure that both are working efficiently
• Replace the oil and keep it at the proper level throughout the season
• Make sure that all lights, including the hazard lights, are working properly
• Ensure that all tires are in good condition and rated for winter use. If they are worn or are not designed for winter weather use, replace them. Check the requirements in your parent’s area to determine if you should have chains or studs on your tires.

The winter season is an ideal time for you to consider starting senior care for your aging parent. With the challenges and demands of low temperatures, high winds, snow and ice, lower sunlight, and the holiday season, this time of year can be much more difficult for your elderly loved one and for you as their family caregiver. A senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule tailored to their individual needs, challenges, and limitations, as well as their personality, believes, lifestyle, and goals. This means that they will receive everything that they need to stay happy, healthy, comfortable, and safe, while maintaining as much independence and activity as possible. This can mean helping them to prepare for extreme weather, handle weather emergencies as they arise, stay active, healthy, and warm, and engage in holiday celebrations as much as possible. This
can help you to feel peace of mind knowing that no matter what the winter season brings, your aging parent will have support, care, and assistance designed to give them the highest quality of life possible.

For senior care in Cherry Hill, NJ and the surrounding areas, call and talk to us at Home to Stay Healthcare Solutions (856) 321-1500.

Andrew Dubler

Home to Stay Health Care Solutions (H2S) is a solutions minded, non-medical home care company enabling seniors and disabled members of our community to stay at home.
Home to Stay Senior Care Solutions is owned and operated by the Dubler and Skole Families and was started because of experiences they had with their own Families. In one situation Mom was living alone and had a fall. It was not until this fall that the family realized they were unprepared.

When it was time for their Mom to come home, she needed companion and personal care to assist her and prevent another accident. Like most people in this situation, they were confused and did not know where to go for help. It was this life-changing experience that lead to starting a home care company that is focused on enabling those who wish to stay at home and age in place.
Andrew Dubler