I hate being cold. Everyone who knows me knows that. In fact, I have an embarrassing amount of coats and gloves...I am very lucky that way. Unfortunately many seniors in the Chicago area are not so lucky. Here is some information we could all use if we know any seniors who may be suffering in this cold weather we are having.
We have received some calls from families asking if it was possible for someone to stay at an assisted living or memory care for a few months. The answer of course is yes! And any time of year it is possible not just in these frigid, icy, slippery winter months... if the community has the space they are more than happy to help.Most respite stays are about a month but we have worked with families that do a 3 month to 6 month respite as well. We have even had seniors and families decide to end the respite and stay in the community once they start making friends and realize the conveniences of the new environment. It really gives them the chance to "try before they buy". But you certainly don't have to stay!Keep Warm and Safe This Winter SeasonBitter cold temperatures are more than an inconvenience; they pose a serious threat to health and safety. The City of Chicago has many services available to help residents weather the winter months.CALL 3-1-1 TO:• Locate a Warming Center near you.• Request a well-being check for someone who may be suffering from extreme weather.• Report inadequate heat in a residential building.• Learn about programs that assist with home heating costs.• Connect to shelter and supportive services.PROTECT YOURSELF AND FAMILY• Wear several layers of loose, warm clothing.• Keep your head, hands and feet covered when outdoors.• Avoid alcoholic beverages.• Recognize the symptoms of hypothermia: stiff muscles, shivering, puffy or swollen face, cold skin, slow breathing and mental confusion.• Never use an extension cord with a space heater. Ovens should not be used to heat homes.REMEMBER...Check on relatives, neighbors and friends. If you are unable to make contact, call 3-1-1 and request a well-being check.And... LANDLORDS MUST HEAT RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS TO AT LEAST 68 DEGREES DURING THE DAYAND 66 DEGREES OVERNIGHT. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO RESOLVE A HEATING PROBLEM WITH YOURLANDLORD, CALL 3-1-1.