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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.

ERIEĀ® insurance products and services are provided by one or more of the following insurers: Erie Insurance Exchange, Erie Insurance Company, Erie Insurance Property & Casualty Company, Flagship City Insurance Company and Erie Family Life Insurance Company (home offices: Erie, Pennsylvania) or Erie Insurance Company of New York (home office: Rochester, New York).  The companies within the Erie Insurance Group are not licensed to operate in all states. Refer to the company licensure and states of operation information.

The insurance products and rates, if applicable, described in this blog are in effect as of July 2022 and may be changed at any time. 

Insurance products are subject to terms, conditions and exclusions not described in this blog. The policy contains the specific details of the coverages, terms, conditions and exclusions. 

The insurance products and services described in this blog are not offered in all states.  ERIE life insurance and annuity products are not available in New York.  ERIE Medicare supplement products are not available in the District of Columbia or New York.  ERIE long term care products are not available in the District of Columbia and New York. 

Eligibility will be determined at the time of application based upon applicable underwriting guidelines and rules in effect at that time.

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