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Is Your Elderly Mom’s Home Warm Enough to Keep Her Safe?

Senior Home Safety in Northport NY

Winter is here. Cold temperatures are moving across the country. Even though this past summer and first part of autumn were extremely warm for much of the country, winter is finally making its presence known. For those who have elderly loved ones living alone, they may worry about their safety and well-being during this upcoming winter season.

Senior Home Safety in Northport NY

Senior Home Safety in Northport NY

If your mother is considered elderly and living alone, are you certain she’s going to be warm enough this winter season? It might be a difficult question to answer, especially if you don’t live close enough to check in on her from time to time.

You might contact her by phone, talk to her, and get a general sense of how she’s feeling on any given day, but if you’re not able to stop by and check in, you might not have any clue that she doesn’t have the heating system turned on, hasn’t been able to close that stubborn window in the back room, and is spending far too much money due to unexpected drafts.

What can you do about it now?

First and foremost, you should encourage her to contact an HVAC technician to inspect the heating system as soon as possible. If it hasn’t been inspected or maintained in many years, the risk of failure at the worst possible time this winter increases.

During the busiest times of the year for HVAC technicians, such as the middle of winter or heart of summer, it could take several days or even weeks before somebody can get out and look at the heating system to get it operational once again.

What happens if your mother isn’t warm enough?

As people get older, their immune system begins to weaken. If they are cold, their body will shiver trying to stay warm. As a result, they will have less energy to devote to fighting off potential infections, viruses, germs, or bacteria.

The risk of your mother getting sick during the winter can actually increase because she’s not staying warm enough.

What can you do about it?

You can certainly talk to her, encourage her to turn the heating system up, make sure she has plenty of heating oil if that’s the fuel she relies on, and that might help. However, the best thing is to encourage her to rely on a home care aide.

She might not need physical assistance just yet, but having a home care aide stopping by for just a couple of hours once or twice a week, they can check in on her, make sure she’s safe, check the house for safety issues, and keep tabs on whether or not she seems comfortable and warm enough.

Hiring a home care aide is one of the best assets in improving safety for seniors at home.

If you or an aging loved one are in need of home care for seniors to improve senior home safety in Northport, NY, or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!

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Stephen Sternbach

Chief Executive Officer at Star Multi Care
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York.

From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.

1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.

In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.

Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.

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