Property Maintenance

Does your house stays HOT after the sun is gone - mine too - our elderly parents may appreciate that but many of us eldercaregivers may notIt's that time again. Time to think of sweet flowers rustling in spring breezes. Summer fun watching grandkids splash in pools. Lovely and warm sunsets over a nearby beach or river. Air conditioners breaking in the middle of a heat wave at your elderly parents home! WAIT a minute! Rewind! That's something we do NOT look forward to. And, to some extent, it can be avoided.

While there are no guarantees, having your senior parents' (and your) heater and air conditioner units checked one – two times a year can help to prevent that last, and very frustrating, not to mention, dangerous, situation! 

We just went through a two day hot spell, followed by a three day cold spell, followed by a four day hot, humid, and stormy spell. Oh my, it looks to be a LONG summer around here! During the first hot spell, I turned on the air conditioner so my senior mom wouldn't get too hot while I was gone all day. Unfortunately, I forgot to mention that fact to her. After a long winter of getting in the habit of turning the heater down to 69 if she didn't want it to kick on, she did that again, then mentioned that to me on the phone. I chuckled and asked if she was really cold, and – of course – she was. She's at that stage where she's always cold. 

The only problem was, I got home and found she was NOT cold from the air conditioner as the temp showed 74 even though she'd accidentally set it to 69. That prompted an immediate investigation on my part where I discovered a part of the a/c was not doing what it should be doing! I immediately turned off the unit – praising God it had not been on that long, called our wonderful service contract company, and they were able to come out the next day. 

It was a hot and sticky night but we survived. One of my grandkids spent the night and was THRILLED he got to "camp out" with the grandmas, sleeping on the living floor while I took the couch. They are NOT kidding when they say that "heat rises!" It's a pity, really, because I HIGHLY recommend single story homes or ground floor bedrooms for our aging parents to protect them from falls on the stairs. And yet, the warmer upstairs would be wonderful for them heat-wise. 

Two days later, all was fixed and working well – just in time for the cool spell. 🙂 But now it's hot again and I'm most grateful my air conditioner is again working like a champ. It did help prompt this article to remind us all to get our air conditioner and heater units checked on regularly – and especially if anything seems out of the "norm. And you'll find even more great tips over at SandwichINK – all spurred by this one little incident. It's amazing what a night of roasting can do in the brain of a writer, isn't it? 🙂 

The Sandwich Generation caring for the elderly parents incuding their real estate needs often find themselves raking autumn leaves and helping with fall choresAt SandwichINK, I've been reveling in the joys of autumn – the fall foliage has been gorgeous this year! Not quite as vivid as last year, but many more reds. My senior mom, grandkids and I have all been enjoying it thoroughly.

Of course, with fall foliage comes fall leaves on the ground. Which means extra gardening chores like raking. Grandkids can be such a great help there. Mine had a blast helping my senior mom and me with raking the leaves and cleaning up the yard, getting things ready for the quickly approaching cold weather. 

My landlady sent me a great reminder about removing the hoses from the outside faucets and changing the filters for the heater. I really appreciated it as the Sandwich Generation issues keep me so busy, it's easy to forget those little things. And for our elderly senior parents, memory issues can make it easy to forget those things as well. So a cheery reminder note or phone call to them, along with an update of the latest goings-ons will bring a smiile to their face and help remind them of some of the more simple real estate needs they might have at this time of the year.