Winter can bring some extra safety challenges, especially for older people. Taking the time to make sure you plan ahead will help make the winter as enjoyable as possible, whether you are someone who loves the snow or wishes you could go south for the winter!
Avoid Falls on the Ice
Safety first when it comes to ice and snow! Make sure that you minimize your risk in the winter by:
If you do fall, you can make sure that you minimize the damage by:
For some seniors, the ice and snow are a huge barrier to getting out. If this is the case it might be time to start thinking about buying a new property. You can either move into a condo, where all your maintenance needs are taken care of for you, or a group living situation. There are several that will allow you to connect with other seniors, meet new friends, and be able to find fun things to do even without going out. If the snow this year is making you feel like now is the time, be sure to contact us!
Stock Up On Essentials
When the snow and ice get too bad, the best advice is always to stay in side and weather the storm. Make sure that you are prepared for a few days at home if needed, and stock up on the essentials like:
Get Your Furnace Checked
Your furnace should be checked every winter. Not only does regular maintenance help keep it running efficiently, but you can also make sure you are not at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
It will also keep it running so you don't have to suffer through losing your heat for any amount of time.
If you have a fireplace, now is a good time to get that checked too!
Beat the Winter Blues
The problem that no one likes to talk about when it comes to winter safety is the winter blues. This can effect anyone, but especially seniors who may have a harder time getting out. Here are some tips to help:
What about you? What are your tips for making winter great?