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December 2, 2022

Vitalia Senior Residences at Westlake Prepares to Keep the Cold Outside

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Christopher Dorsch, Plant Operations Director

Just as it is at home, at Vitalia Senior Residences at Westlake, preparing for winter can be an arduous task. There are several projects that need to be completed in preparation for cold weather and few of them are easy, especially when Jack Frost decides to come a little early, like this year.

Our homes and businesses can be affected by how quickly we can accommodate these tasks. If we move too early, we miss out on some of the creature comforts. If we wait too long, we run the risk of finding issues at the most inconvenient times (like a broken heater on the night the weather unexpectedly dips below freezing).

Preparation is a strong part of the human condition. Whether storing vegetables and meat or cutting firewood, our ancestors have been preparing for winter weather since their beginning. These days, preparing for cold weather is just a little more complex.

There are several things I do to prepare for the colder weather and freezing temperatures, including shutting off all the water spigots and shutting down all the sprinklers. I also make sure my salt supply is ready and the snowblower is maintained and ready to go. Preparation is important to help avoid the damage that may occur during the cold temperatures with frozen pipes and ice-covered sidewalks. The safety and comfort of our residents, staff, and visitors is very important.

The trigger event that helps me decide to begin cold weather preparation is the fast drop in temperatures and when the leaves are falling off the trees.

No matter how big your house or successful your company, mother nature always seems to creep up on us this time of year. If you get ahead of it and plan for cold weather, you can save big on both stress and dollars.

VITALIA® Westlake in Westlake, OH offers independent living +, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include Dover Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located right of Hwy 20, just moments from a wide range of shopping, dining, attractions, and health services.

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