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    Helping Seniors Prevent Social Isolation During Winter Months

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 26, 2017 11:37:00 PM

    Helping Seniors Prevent Social Isolation During Winter Months

    Social isolation can be a major problem for seniors during the winter. With low temperatures and hazardous conditions, most elderly people stay indoors when the cold season hits. But, being alone and indoors for long periods can lead to depression, anxiety, and distress, which is why it’s important for senior caretakers to make sure social isolation doesn’t occur. 

    Follow these steps and you’ll ensure a pleasant and safe winter for your loved ones.

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    Topics: Senior Safety

    Which Entrance Mat Is Right for Your Home?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 21, 2017 10:36:00 AM

    Which Entrance Mat Is Right for Your Home?

    Have you ever heard the adage, "Spend a little now to save a lot later?” Using entrance mats both inside and outside of your home is a great example of this advice in action. 

    Entrance mats keep dirt, debris, and salt from getting tracked through your home. With entrance mats, your interior flooring will be protected from the fading, scratching, and wear-and-tear caused by these damaging winter elements, and you will be spending less time keeping your floors and carpets clean.  

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    Topics: Snow Melting Mats, Snow and Ice Management

    Fact and Fiction About Heated Driveway Mats

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 20, 2017 3:01:00 PM

    Fact and Fiction About Heated Driveway Mats Snow-melting mats for walkways, outdoor stairways, and entry areas have been around for years. But HeatTrak, a pioneer in the industry, has recently introduced a new product line for driveways. Read on to see how it compares with in-pavement heated driveway systems.

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    Snow Shoveling Techniques to Prevent Lower Back Injuries

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 13, 2017 4:30:00 AM

    Every year, the advance of winter is marked not by the first snowfall, but by the first appearance of snow shovels in home improvement, hardware, and appliance stores. After all, anyone who lives in a snowy area knows you can barely get as far as your mailbox without shoveling a path first--unless, of course, you have an ingenious product in place that takes care of snow removal for you overnight...

    Though it seems like a winter necessity, shoveling snow is a strenuous job that can affect your health. Bending over a shovel for long hours and lifting heavy piles of snow can significantly harm your body, especially your back. Luckily, there are some techniques you can employ to prevent these lower back shoveling injuries.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Winter, Shoveling

    A Step-by-Step Guide to Shoveling Snow

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 7, 2017 9:40:00 AM

    Shoveling snow from your driveway and outdoor walkways may seem like a task that requires little, if any, forethought and planning. But, a bit of preparation and a few shoveling techniques not only will help you do the job more effectively and efficiently, but will also help you protect your health. 

    Below is a step-by-step guide to shoveling snow in the safest, most efficient way possible:

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Shoveling, Winter Safety

    How to Choose the Best Snow-Shovel for Seniors

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 4, 2017 9:46:00 AM

    Every winter, thousands of seniors injure themselves while shoveling snow, with slips, falls, hypothermia, frostbite, and muscle strain the usual causes. 

    Rather than risk injury, many seniors prefer to hire someone—or ask a friend or neighbor—to shovel them out.  Others avoid risk by installing a heated driveway or using snow-melting mats on outdoor surfaces.  For those of you who are healthy enough and have the inclination to shovel your own snow, it’s important to make sure that you use a proper snow shovel.  It can make the difference for a safe and efficient outcome.    

    Here are some tips for choosing the best snow shovel for seniors:

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Shoveling, Senior Safety

    How to Install & Operate HeatTrak Snow Melting Heated Floor Mats

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 31, 2017 7:32:34 AM

    In this video you will learn how to install, connect, and operate HeatTrak's Residential Snow-Melting Mats.

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    Topics: Snow Melting Mats, Snow Melting

    A Reality Check for Seniors Living Alone in Wintertime

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 27, 2017 4:56:33 AM

    With modern technologies at their disposal, more awareness of smart, healthy lifestyle practices, and a wider range of connectivity, seniors have developed into a stronger, more independent generation than history has ever seen before.

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    Topics: Health, Senior Safety, Winter Safety

    Should You Install a Heated Driveway?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 25, 2017 9:31:00 AM

    Harsh winter storms, snow and ice accumulations, black ice, shoveling and de-icing: It’s enough to make a homeowner seriously consider installing a heated driveway. The idea sounds tempting, but how much does an in-ground system actually cost?

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    Topics: Driveway, Snow Removal, Snow Melting

    Back Problems Associated with Shoveling Snow

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 19, 2017 8:07:00 AM

    Every year, thousands of people injure themselves while shoveling snow out of their driveways, and a large portion of those injuries are sustained on the back. The constant bending over, raising and lowering of the spine, and the effects of cold weather on your muscles all contribute to winter back injuries. Additionally, lack of proper snow shoveling technique, sudden activity after a routinely sedentary lifestyle, and use of less-than-optimal shovels all make back problems worse.

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    Topics: Shoveling, Health, Winter Safety