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November 22, 2023

Winter-Ready Home: Tips from The Madison Senior Living Housekeeping Director

Category: Senior Living

Author: Derek Lowell, Regional Director of Housekeeping

As the Regional Director of Housekeeping at The Madison Senior Living, I know the importance of preparing the community and my home for the cold winter weather. To prepare your house for winter weather, start by inspecting and sealing any gaps or cracks in doors, windows, and walls to prevent drafts and conserve heat. Be sure to clean your gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage. Thus preventing ice dams that can damage your roof and walls when snow and ice accumulate. 

Check your heating system, replace air filters, or schedule a professional inspection to ensure it’s functioning efficiently and safely for the colder months. Insulate your home properly by adding weatherstripping to doors and windows, and consider adding insulation to your attic and walls to retain heat and lower energy bills. Don’t forget also to prepare your outdoor spaces – drain and store garden hoses, cover outdoor furniture, and trim tree branches that could damage your home during winter storms. 

The activities I do to prepare for colder weather in the community are changing the furnace air filters on rooftop units and the resident apartment units. In addition, I ensure a supply of ice melt and shovels to clear entranceways and egress exits.

I ensure water hoses are off the spigots at home to prevent freezing, cover my outdoor furniture, blow out the irrigation system, and winterize the fountains.

The most significant benefit of preparing for freezing weather is you can help prevent breakdowns and potential slips and falls.

A little time and money spent preparing for freezing weather will pay off great dividends through energy savings. There is no way to stop “Old Man Winter” from arriving at your door, but with some preparation, he will stay outside where he belongs!

The Madison Senior Living in Kansas City, MO offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near St Luke’s South/ Menorah with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Top Golf, Park Place Shopping Center, Worlds of fun/Oceans of fun, Kansas City Zoo, Union Station/Crown Center, National WWI Museum and Memorial, and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

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