In our Southern State, we have a lot of elderly people.
Many old folks live in their own homes or in-homes with their family members, but there are also millions of elderly folks who live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
It has happened in the past that the nursing homes have not kept their heating and cooling systems up to par, so when the cold winter weather arrives unexpectedly, the heaters don’t work or the heaters don’t work efficiently. We often see events on the news where elderly folks are hospitalized or even have passed away because of insufficient Heating. This happens not only down here in the south, of course, but up in the north as well. It may be even more common up north because the elderly people do not often feel they can afford the luxury of heating. Obviously, heaters are not a luxury in the winter. They are a necessity. I often find myself worrying about the people who live in nursing homes down here because we are not accustomed to using the heater all the time. There are many years that go by when the furnace is not necessary. There are even people living and working in these nursing homes who do not know how to use a heater. Because of all that I find myself worrying a little and hoping the nursing home situation is okay during this unusual cold snap.If you have a loved one who lives in an assisted living facility or in a nursing home, please go check on that and make sure that they have the heating systems working properly in their rooms, plenty of blankets, and perhaps a nice sweater or two to wear in order to take advantage of their own body heating systems. Please check on your loved ones.