There was another follow-up doctor’s appointment scheduled for one of my seniors yesterday, but due to the extreme cold conditions here in the Western burbs of Chicago, her daughter decided to cancel it (I could not have been more pleased because I was really concerned about taking her out in this terrible cold!). Instead we were able to stay tucked into her home safe and warm from any impending disaster!
There is just so much more to consider when the weather is this poor and a senior has outside commitments. You have to think about car breakdowns, extra food, clothing and supplies. You will want to make certain that your car phone charger is ready if needed as well. Extra blankets are a necessity as older people have very thin skin and they get cold in typical conditions very easily. You would never want them to feel the extremity of the cold like it is now – negative 18 degree wind chill factor! It is bad enough for you and for me!
So, if at all possible, rearrange appointments. Keep seniors inside and bundled up at all times. If you sincerely have to go out, warm up the car, check the supplies, bundled the senior to the hilt and usher them quickly to and from the vehicle. This is all necessary if you realize that With Age Comes Respect!