Driving in Winter for the Holiday’s

Posted by Cedars on December 21, 2015

Avoid driving during and after winter storms, but if you must drive:

  • Keep the gas tank full
  • Let someone know your destination, route and expected time of arrival. Bring your cell phone.
  • Keep an Emergency travel kit in the trunk
  • If your car gets stuck, stay with it.

EMERGENCY TRAVEL KIT: Should include the following.

  • Snow Shovel
  • Blankets
  • Flashlight
  • Water
  • First Aid kit

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Senior Safety with Home Heating

Posted by Cedars on December 18, 2015

Home Heating Safety

House fires are a special concern for seniors. They also need to beware of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide.

Carbon Monoxide replaces Oxygen in the bloodstream and can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, convulsions and even death. The effects can happen even faster for someone with a respiratory or heart condition.

To prevent home heating problems:

  • Have all chimneys and flues inspected yearly and cleaned as needed.
  • Open a window slightly when using a kerosene stove.
  • Place space heaters at least three feet from curtains, bedding, furniture and anything else that might burn.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy, replace as needed and know how to use it.
  • Install smoke detectors on all floors and carbon monoxide detectors in areas where fuels are being burned.

Keep your home safe for the holiday and check on your loved ones.

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How to Manage Holiday Stress

Posted by Cedars on December 17, 2015

How to Manage Holiday Stress

The Holidays can be a stressful time for anyone. With travel, family and social engagements, house guests, shopping and a million other to-dos, the holidays can be overwhelming for many. But for Seniors, the holidays can bring additional stress from multiple travel plans, an uprooted routine and even seasonal depression.

Here are some helpful tips to help keep holiday stress to a minimum for your senior loved one.

  • Set realistic goals
  • Keep set schedules
  • Keep expenses to a minimum
  • Plan appropriate activities
  • Keep friends or family around

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Holiday Safety for Seniors

Posted by Cedars on December 15, 2015

Holiday Safety for Seniors

Trees, lights, and candles an important part of holiday traditions but pose a danger when not used safely.

Tree and decoration tips:

  • Buy and artificial tree that is labeled “fire resistant”
  • Place trees away from fireplaces, vents and radiators
  • Use only noncombustible or flame resistant decorations

Lighting tips:

  • Make sure extension cords are rated for the intended use.
  • Turn lights off before going to bed or leaving the house
  • Before using, check lights for cracked sockets, damaged wires or loose connections

Candle tips:

  • Keep burning candles within sight.
  • Keep candles away and out of reach of small pets and children.
  • Always use non flammable holders



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