Tips For Preventing Slip and Falls This Winter
Now that the winter is here, it means it is time for many of us to start dealing with snow and ice. Depending on where you live, snow and ice can be a serious problem in the winter, which is why all seniors should know about proper slip and fall prevention. Slip and fall accidents are the most common reason that seniors end up in the emergency room and they are even more common in the winter when it gets slippery out. Unfortunately, slip and falls are sometimes unpreventable accidents, but the more that you can do to lessen the chances of this happening this winter.
- Make sure you have the right footwear on. This is one of the most important tips that you can keep in mind during the winter. Even if you don’t think it looks particularly slippery out, you should make sure that you wear flat, comfortable shoes with plenty of traction on the bottom.
- Be extra cautious at night. Black ice is a real thing, and you need to remember that many times, you can’t always see ice even when it is there.
- Never go out alone when it is icy or slippery out. Winter conditions not only increase the chances of falls but seniors who fall when they are alone, may not be able to get up and get the help that they need. This can be fatal for many seniors.
- Always have someone preemptively deice sidewalks and walkways to and from the house. Even if it is only raining. The weather can drop at night and cause wet surfaces to ice over.
These are simple, yet useful tips that can help keep you and your loved one’s safe this winter. If you are a senior or have a special senior in your life that you are looking after, then these tips can go a long way in helping you stay safe this winter—and all year round.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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