It’s Snow Problem for the Team at Home Instead

Despite the snow and freezing temperature this week, the caring team at Home Instead make every effort to reach their clients. Home Instead who support older people living in their own homes in and around the towns of Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk know how important it is to ensure that they make that home visit despite the difficult conditions.

Co-owner and director, Sheena Van Parys, turned her 4X4 car into a taxi service to ensure that all the caregivers made it safely to their clients, if they were struggling in their own cars.

The dedication, commitment, professionalism, and reliability of the Home Instead team continues as usual despite the adverse conditions.    

Sheena Van Parys explains: “The reliability of the service we provide is an essential part of what Home Instead is all about. This reliability becomes even more important when the people we are caring for become even more vulnerable due to the cold and the fact that they really can’t venture out.”

As the snow and freezing weather continues here is some advice from Home Instead:

Check-in on elderly family and neighbours- If you’re at all concerned about someone’s safety, don’t let him or her put you off. Stop by if you can.

Clear walkways and handrails of snow and ice-  Put down salt or other ice melter.

Encourage seniors to stay inside- Falls often spell disaster for older adults. Bring in mail and newspapers for them.

Check supplies- Of food, medication and emergency items like flashlights, batteries, and battery-powered radio.

Check to make sure a portable/space heater is being used properly- Preferably plug into outlet, not extension cord. Keep at least 3 feet away from anything that could burn, including the wall.

Offer to drive- If someone must get out (pick up a prescription, medical appointment, etc.)

Be a friend- Some seniors can get very isolated and severe weather can make it worse.

Home Instead is changing the way care is delivered in the UK. Their service is tailored to the needs of individual clients and ranges from companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, post-discharge care, personal care, medication reminders, shopping, and errands. The service is flexible to meet client needs and is available from as little as 1 hour to 24 hours a day.

To contact Home Instead in Harrogate call: 01423 774490, for Ripon call: 01765 530400 and for Thirsk call: 01845 440510. For more information about Home Instead please visit: