Snow Removal Options for SeniorsJanuary 26, 2023
Dealing with excess amounts of snow is a challenge for anyone, but it is especially difficult for seniors. Older adults are already more likely to experience a slip and fall, and that number skyrockets in the winter. However, traditional shoveling methods can be exhausting and even impossible for seniors.
If you’re searching for snow shoveling services for seniors, consider some of the options below so that you and your loved one stay safe.
Electric snow blowers or power shovels
For the older adults who still want to handle snow removal themselves, don’t go traditional. There are plenty of options for lightweight electric snow blowers and shovels. There are a few things to be aware of, however—some require you to charge it ahead of time, while others might need an extension cord. Be prepared before a storm hits so you can be ready to use them when necessary.
Hire a snow removal company
If snow removal is too difficult to tackle your on own, leave it in the hands of a professional. Call a few different companies to find the rate that works best for you. You must be mindful of this option, however, as some individuals take advantage of seniors by not doing a job as they should. Make sure you check with the Better Business Bureau and/or look at company reviews before hiring any snow removal company.
Look into local volunteer programs
Many municipalities or churches organize volunteer groups who are willing to remove snow for seniors or disabled residents requesting assistance in the winter. These usually come at a low cost or are even free, which is great for seniors on a budget. Speak to members of your house of worship or any local charities to see if they offer anything.
Check if your local government offers a program
Visit your city’s government website to see what is offered locally. Due to the heavy amounts of snow the Chicago area can get, most nearby areas offer snow shoveling assistance services free of charge. Usually, all you have to do is complete the online request form or call to see if you can be approved. Some of these programs have a registration window, so you may have to wait until next winter to benefit from this program.
Get help at home
Everything feels a little more difficult in the winter. Getting to the store for groceries, cleaning the house, and even maintaining your personal hygiene may seem twice as flummoxing than before.
If you’re struggling to take care of your activities of daily living, an at-home caregiver could be the answer for you. Caregivers can assist with:
- Personal care
- Medication reminders
- Meal preparation
- Light housekeeping
- Brain games and activities
- Companionship and social interaction
Call us at (773) 274-9262. We would be happy to talk to you about our caregiver program.
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