Helping a Senior Parent Prepare their Home for Fall and Winter

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Fall is upon us, the kids are back to school, and the weather has turned crisp in many areas of the country.  Now is the time to take care of that Fall checklist and get things in order before the weather turns nasty and unpredictable.  Here are things that need to be done around an aging parent’s home to prepare them for the colder seasons.

Remove and Store Outdoor Hoses

Leaving a hose hooked up to an outdoor faucet could end up as a disaster. Trapped water could freeze and burst pipes inside the wall. To prevent any surprises, it’s a good ideas to store away hoses as soon as you feel Fall in the air. The general rule is to keep them there until Spring.

Clean out the Gutters

After all the leaves have fallen, it’s time to clean out all the gunk from the gutters.  Also do an inspection looking for areas that sag or trap water and replace or repair these damaged areas.

Inspect the Exterior Walls

Look around the window and door frames as well as along the exterior walls for any cracks that will allow for heat to escape and moisture to seep in.  Caulk any suspicious areas.  Tip:  Perform this chore on a nice day so the caulk is easy to work with.

Clean the Windows 

Twice a year the inside and outside of windows need to be cleaned.  This Fall, be sure to give them a good cleaning and replace any screens with storm windows. Do the same for doors.  This will keep the cold weather where it belongs – outside and keep the heating bill low.

Don’t Forget the Closets

Go through old clothes and other items tucked away in closets. Items that are no longer used can be thrown away or given to the needy.  Organize the items that remain to be sure the senior can easily reach them. Make this a fun chore by putting on some music and inviting the elder care professional to join in.

Inspect the Roof

The roof is an area that takes a beating from the elements.  That’s why it is a good idea to give it an inspection every Spring and Fall.  Look for loose tiles or shingles or anything else suspicious.  If the roof is particularly steep, use a pair of binoculars to ensure safety.


If you or an aging loved one are considering ELDER CARE IN GREAT FALLS, VA, please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.



About Kira Tewalt, Founder, Manager

Philia is founded and managed by Kira Tewalt. As a working mom, Kira understands the delicate balance between attending to the needs of her family and a demanding job. She knows that many people also have the added burden of caring for their parents. Kira founded Philia to help this sandwiched generation and because she loves the authenticity of children and seniors. They are her true passion. Philia was founded to holistically care for our most vulnerable citizens – children and seniors. We do this by focusing on the entire persons needs – not just their physical needs. For children, this means placing a nanny who has an in-depth understanding of childhood development to help the child with social, emotional and physical development skills to increase their confidence. For Seniors, this means planning activities that go beyond helping them with activities of daily living. The activities will facilitate their emotional and psycho-social wellbeing as well. Kira has a Masters of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters of Systems Engineering from George Washington University. She lives in Washington DC with her husband, 2 children, dog and 2 cats, and enjoys spending time with her family and running through woods with her dog.