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November 27, 2023

Mastering Winter: Expert Tips from The Wildwood Senior Living’s Plant Operations Director for a Cozy and Safe Cold Season

Category: Senior Living

Author: Michael Crafton, Plant Operations Director

As the Plant Operations Director at The Wildwood 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. Please be sure to clean your gutters and downspouts to make sure you get the proper drainage. Thus preventing ice dams that can damage your roof and walls when snow and ice accumulate. 

It’s best to check your heating system and replace air filters. You might even 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. Remember 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. 

To prepare for colder weather in the community, we cleaned the garden areas and the Memory Care courtyard and winterized the fountain in the courtyard. I turned on the heaters in the stairwells. We check traffic cones and signage to prepare for wet and icy driveways and sidewalks.

At home, I ensure that I place:

  • all weatherstripping
  • close all openings around the foundation of the house
  • cover the faucets with weatherproofing
  • check and complete the storm windows
  • rake and clean the garden area

The benefits of preparing for cold weather are not having to scramble to purchase items or get things done when needed. I am ready for any contingency or problems that may arise.

A little time and money spent preparing for cold 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’ll stay outside where he belongs!

The Wildwood Senior Living in Joplin, 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 Freeman Health System and Mercy Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Twin Hills Country Club, Northpark Mall, Grand Falls, Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center – National Audubon Society, Spiva Center for the Arts, and George Washington Carver National Monument.

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