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Caregivers Find Ways To Cope With Snowfall

Snowfall in Chicago is a challenge for everyone. Caregivers know that their Seniors depend on them in for care. Proactive thinking helps in these situations!

Today the Chicago area is expecting another large snowfall.  Snow can throw a monkey wrench into everyone’s plans.  School children and teachers get snow days.  Office employees, depending on the job, may take a personal day, but with caregivers, the need for care exists no matter what the weather is.  This includes home health caregivers, and nursing home and hospital staff.

At Home Instead Senior Care in Chicago, we have learned over the years how to cope with situations like this.  Being a bit proactive goes a long way in making sure an elderly individual in need of care is not left alone.  Typically, when we see a weather forecast which includes a large snowfall, our office staff members work the phone several hours ahead of time to make sure that our caregivers know to leave for their shifts early, and to allow extra time to get there. 

When it comes to an elderly individual who has 24 hour round the clock or live-in caregivers, we also call the workers who are currently at the client to let them know that their replacement may be there late, and they should be prepared to spend extra time at their senior’s home.  Sometimes, in situations where we know the scheduled shift is critical, we will even arrange for the caregiver to arrive the night before at the clients home, to make sure the caregiver can make it to their shift.

The point is, when snowfall is imminent, everyone should keep caregiving situations in mind.  A bit of proactive thought, and planning goes a long way in making sure those in need do not go uncared for.

Stay safe & warm, and thanks for reading!

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karen erickson January 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM
We tried to be proactive this year by hiring a snow removal contractor. That backfired! Although I am the live-in caretaker for my elderly father, I also work part-time outside of the home. Had to work Friday nite and my normal trip would take only 10 minutes at the most, it took me 45 minutes. And what do I come home to? Nearly 8+ inches of untouched snow! So I ended up blowing a very large driveway and sidewalks. Called and FIRED PC Landscaping/Snow Removal via voicemail! I realize conditions were bad and he probably was very busy, but he claimed (being a 1 man operation) that his friends/relatives would come on board should that be necessary. We will be going the legal route for seasonal payment refund!
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