State urges people to check on elderly during dangerous cold

With sub-arctic cold temperatures and double-digit negative wind chills predicted for Ohio in the coming days, the state is urging people to be extra mindful of elderly loved ones and neighbors to be sure they are alright.

Here are some general tips from the Ohio Department of Aging on helping the elderly through the bitterly cold temperatures.

Do an indoor environmental risk assessment:

Is his or her heating system working? Does he or she have adequate means to keep the temperature in the home in a comfortable range? Is he or she using heating devices that could pose a fire risk or carbon monoxide poisoning risk?

Do a health risk assessment:

Does he or she need medical attention? Does he or she depend on oxygen? Does he or she have the medications and medical supplies they need?

Check food supplies:

Does he or she have an adequate food supply? Does he or she have access to non-perishable food that can be prepared without electricity if need be? Does he or she have access to clean drinking water?

Make sure they can get help if needed:

Does he or she have someone identified to call for help if needed? Does he or she have access to a phone that works – even if the power goes out (cordless phones and voice-over-IP service may not work during a power outage)? If he or she has a cell phone, is it sufficiently charged?

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