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5 Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

December 15th, 2016 No Comments


Winter Safety for Seniors

As people grow older, they become more at risk for a number of different health problems, even problems due to the seasonal changes. Winter weather means there’s a greater risk for a winter accidents and illnesses such as frostbite, hypothermia, respiratory infections, the flu, and falls. Fortunately, staying healthy in winter doesn’t have to be a challenge if you follow these five tips to help keep you safe and well throughout the winter.

1.Take Care Outdoors

Make sure walkways and steps are clear of ice and snow before you walk. If they aren’t clear, ask someone to clear them for you. Remember that you may still encounter slippery surfaces, so walk slowly and take short steps for stability. If you use a cane for walking, fit it with an ice grip attachment for additional traction.

2. Dress Appropriately

Wear two or three layers of light, warm clothing rather than one thick layer. When venturing outdoors, wear a winter coat, hat, gloves, scarf, and waterproof boots with good traction. Consider carrying a small bag of sand or grit in your coat pocket to sprinkle on icy surfaces.

3. Install Carbon Monoxide Alarms

To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, install at least one carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas, and test all alarms at least once per month. Remember to replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide alarms once a year.

4. Eat Healthy

Eat regular hot meals to help boost your energy levels and immune functioning and to keep your body temperature up. Be sure to include foods that naturally contain or are fortified with vitamin D, such as salmon, tuna, milk and yogurt.

5. Prepare for Emergencies

Make sure you have access to a cell phone, flashlight, and battery-powered radio in case of a winter weather emergency. Stockpile drinking water, warm blankets, and non-perishable foods such as crackers and dried fruit. If you take medication, make sure you have enough to last at least one week. View a complete emergency checklist for other necessary items.

If you or your older parents need help at home this winter, Visiting Angels can help. Our Angels offer housekeeping, personal care, errands/shopping, meal preparation, and hygiene assistance services to help you live as independently as possible in your own home. For more information about our New Jersey home care services, call (609)-883-8188.

It’s a new year, so take time now to prepare for emergencies…

January 9th, 2013 No Comments

The recent Superstorm Sandy here in the New Jersey area has really reeked havoc on many residents, many of them who are older. Power went out, floods and wind destroyed property, etc.

With the new year upon us, it’s time to take stock of your emergency preparedness plans with your family. Should another emergency happen, as part of your elder care NJ responsibilities, what are the plans for your older parents or loved ones?

Visit our Emergency Preparedness page for helpful tips.

Were you prepared for Superstorm Sandy?

October 31st, 2012 No Comments

We at Visiting Angels NJ hope all of you were safe, warm, and comfortable during the recent Superstorm Sandy. Our thoughts go out to many of our New Jersey neighbors have continue to have loss of power and have sustained property damage. During the storm, we continued to provide NJ elder care for many of our clients, helping them remain safe and calm. We appreciate our “Angels” who braved the storm in order to help our seniors!

During the storm, did you find yourself unprepared? If so, please visit our Emergency Preparedness page to help you plan for the next emergency. Let us know on our Facebook page how you fared.

It’s a New Year…time to be prepared for emergencies!

January 3rd, 2012 No Comments

In the New Year, people tend to make resolutions such as losing weight, saving money, working out more, etc. Why not make a resolution to prepare for emergencies? Seniors, along with the rest of us, need to be prepared. Last year we had snowstorms and even a hurricane in New Jersey. What will 2012 bring? We may hope for the best, but it’s wise to prepare for the worst!

Our January Community Resource bulletin will help you ring in the New Year by being prepared!

Are you and your home prepared for winter? Read these tips to help…

November 2nd, 2011 No Comments

Last weekend in New Jersey, winter arrived early! Many of us found ourselves unprepared for the blast of winter weather which left many without power for hours and even days. How prepared were you? Did you have fresh batteries, were your candles easy to find, were your snow shovels accessible? Did you check on your senior parents and neighbors to make sure they were prepared? With this brief window between now and the official start of winter, take the time to go through a checklist. Be prepared! Read Visiting Angels’ co-founder, Jeffrey Johnson’s article/checklist by visiting

Use “ICE” In Case of Emergency On Your Cell Phone

January 11th, 2011 No Comments

“ICE” helps emergency responders “In Case of Emergency”

When an emergency happens, emergency responders on the scene have precious few minutes to make decisions. By assigning contacts in your address book with the prefix “ICE,” the emergency personnel would know who to contact.

To learn more, visit


Emergency Preparedness for NJ Seniors

January 6th, 2011 1 Comment

Click our Emergency Preparedness for Seniors page to start your plan to prepare!