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Elderly Care Safety: Winter Lawn Care

Elderly Care in Toms River, NJ

Elderly-Care-in-Toms-River-NJTaking care of your aging loved ones’ lawn is not just something that should be a part of your spring and summer elderly care efforts. Keeping their lawn safe, healthy, and beautiful at all times is something that you need to work on throughout the year, meaning even when the weather gets cold you may find yourself heading out into it to do some lawn work. When this happens, it is vital to keep safety in mind. The winter presents many challenges that the other months do not and it is important that you prepare yourself properly and focus on keeping yourself safe and healthy while you work so that you do not put yourself at serious risk of injury or illness.

Use these tips to help you stay safe and healthy while handling winter lawn care tasks for your aging loved ones:

• Keep them inside. Senior adults are far more vulnerable to cold than younger adults, and are at higher risk of slipping and falling on wet or icy surfaces. When you are heading out to handle lawn care tasks, make sure that your parents stay safe and warm inside. Consider asking their elderly health care services provider to plan an activity with them so that you can rest assured they are safe and entertained while you are working so that you can focus better and get the work done faster.

• Check the weather. Unless it is an absolute emergency such as a tree limb that is threatening to fall on a vehicle or the house, do not head outside to do any lawn work when there are high winds, it is snowing, sleeting, or raining, or the temperatures have dropped dangerously low. The lawn can wait until the weather is more hospitable. It is more important that you stay safe.

• Leave the grass. There is no need for you to mow the lawn during the cold winter months. The growth cycle of the grass stops when the temperature drops, meaning you are not going to get a sudden surge of length, and even if you realize that you did not do that last fall mow and the lawn looks a little shaggy, leaving it will provide warmth and protection for the ground so that it will grow better during the spring. Mowing the lawn during cold weather is strenuous on the body and can put you at risk of frozen pieces of debris from the ground jumping up and causing injury.

• Dress properly. While a cold snap might inspire you to put on five or six layers of clothing and bundle up with every accessory you can find, if you are going outside to do lawn care projects such as trimming plants that were damaged in a winter storm or shoveling snow, remember that you are going to work up a sweat. Getting sweaty when the weather is extremely cold can be very dangerous, putting you at increased risk of hypothermia and potentially leading to your skin freezing. Choose clothing that will keep you warm but not hot, and look for bottom layers that wick away moisture rather than absorbing it.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Toms River, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.

Judah Schuster, LNHA

Administrator, Ocean/Monmouth Division at Care Street Home Care
Judah is the administrator of Care Street Home Care Agency servicing central and northern NJ. Care Street provides unique staffing options to allow seniors to age in place- in the comfort of their own home. Judah, who is a certified Dementia instructor, has provided Dementia training to hundreds of families, facilities and clinical staff over the last 3 years. He personally ensures that every employee of Care Street is proficient in Dementia care prior to being hired. This provides piece of mind for families who want to ensure that their loved one with Dementia is being cared for by the most experienced staff.

Prior to assuming his current position, Judah served as assistant administrator at Atlantic Coast Rehab (Lakewood, NJ) as well as Hunterdon Care Center (Flemington, NJ)