CLEVELAND - With temperatures dropping below zero next week, the elderly may have a difficult time adjusting, the Department of Aging said.
They released tips and things to look for when checking on your elderly relatives or neighbors.
Do an indoor environmental risk assessment:
- Is his or her heating system working?
- Does he or she have adequate means to keep the temperature in the home in a comfortable range?
- Is he or she using heating devices that could pose a fire risk or carbon monoxide poisoning risk?
Do a health risk assessment:
- Does he or she need medical attention?
- Does he or she depend on oxygen?
- Does he or she have the medications and medical supplies they need?
Check food supplies:
- Does he or she have an adequate food supply?
- Does he or she have access to non-perishable food that can be prepared without electricity if need be?
- Does he or she have access to clean drinking water?
Make sure they can get help if needed:
- Does he or she have someone identified to call for help if needed?
- Does he or she have access to a phone that works – even if the power goes out (cordless phones and voice-over-IP service may not work during a power outage)?
- If he or she has a cell phone, is it sufficiently charged?
More tips and resources for checking on loved ones and friends are available on the department’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/OhioDepartmentOfAging .