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Kind Ways to Help Elderly Neighbors during Winter

With headquarters located in Erie, Pennsylvania – winner of snowiest city in America – Erie Insurance families are experts at navigating the winter season.

At ERIE, we believe nothing warms a harsh winter like the simple act of kindness for those who find mastering the warm and cozies a little more challenging. Consider helping your elderly neighbors during the winter months.

Here are four simple ideas that show a little kindness can go a long way.

  • Keep their pathways snow- and ice-free. Consider shoveling their driveway and sidewalks for them before applying a de-icing agent, as well as porch steps and railings.
  • Touch base before and after winter storms. If a winter storm is brewing, ask if they have a battery-powered radio, first aid kit, warm blankets and prescription medications.
  • Check up on them periodically, anyway. You can ask if they’re feeling well or not, and if they have operational heat, water, and working detectors.
  • Share a hot meal. There’s nothing like visiting with a neighbor over a steaming bowl of soup or chili. Those foods can also warm up the body and deter hypothermia in the colder months.

Maintaining contact and a can-help attitude can help stave off preventable illnesses or the winter blues. Read about more winter home maintenance tips, and more about the ERIE difference.

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