Winter weather causing problems for home based services

Weather causing problems for home based services.
Weather causing problems for home based services.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Going door-to-door to deliver meals or medical care has been a challenge for some local companies thanks to the snow and cold weather this winter.

“It has been a tough winter,” Serenity Hospice Administrator Carol Ward said. “We’re ready for it to be over but we’ve really had no issues because we are planning ahead.”

Ward said planning ahead has been key this winter with snow and cold making it difficult to visit patients’ homes at times.

“We look at equipment,” Ward said. “We look at medication. We look at people who might need to be visited before the weather hits and then we definitely stay in touch with out patients during that time.”

At Meals on Wheels executive director Jennifer Shook said volunteers are planning ahead and delivering extra food to clients if snow is in the forecast.

“Shelf stable meals so soups and additional frozen meals so that if by chance we wouldn’t be able to get to somebody we would know that they would have food on hand,” Shook said.

Shook said they serve hot meals to 140 clients every day and for many it’s a vital service they cannot live without. When snow hits the area Shook said volunteers make delivering food the number one priority, but it hasn’t been easy this winter.

“It’s not ever been as serious as this winter has been obviously it’s both the snow and the cold,” Shook said. “We worry about our volunteers as much as our consumers because they have to be out on the slick roads.”

With more snow on the way both Ward and Shook said staying one step ahead of the storm is vital.

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