How Can Seniors Stay Safe This Winter?

Winter can be a treacherous time with the snow and ice frosting the walkways; just walking to the shops can become an obstacle-strewn disaster area. Snow can cover a vast amount of street furniture, making falls more likely. When it comes to ice, this can be most dangerous of all.

There are many different ways seniors can stay safe both in and out of the home this winter, and many accidents, trips, and falls can be prevented with a little thought and consideration.

Dress Appropriately

When it comes to venturing outside, seniors should ensure that they wear warm clothing. If it snows heavily, then relatives should visit to make sure everything is ok and clear the paths outside their home where possible.

Good, sturdy weatherproof boots are advisable for any trips to the shops or walks with the dog. There are several gadgets that can be affixed to shoes to provide an easy and safe walk across slippery surfaces. Walking aids can also be useful by adding extra stability.

Exercise

Regular exercise can be a good way to keep the blood circulating in the cold weather and it is important for people of all ages, particularly seniors, to get plenty of activity. Stretches and exercises such as a brisk walk help keep the muscles and joints in good working order. If core fitness is strong, then balance is easily achieved and the majority of falls are prevented.

Eat well

In winter, it is important to eat hot meals! There are many services that provide food that can be frozen and popped into the microwave throughout the week to ensure that a hot meal is always available. If you are living independently and can cook, then it will be easy to prepare a meal for yourself.

Stay Warm

Fuel usage can be a major worry for seniors, and when the weather becomes cold, the heating system should be on as much as possible. Low body temperature can cause numerous problems and a senior should never be afraid to use fuel when they need it.

Check Regularly

When visiting seniors, check around the house to make sure that there are no hazards and examine any stair lifts or mobility aids to ensure everything is in full working order. Carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, and fire alarms should always be checked regularly, as they can be instrumental in saving lives. They alert people to the dangers of the fumes around them and are another aspect of safety you should consider.

Thanks, Matthew for this guest post!

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