Winter Safety Tips for Seniors
As the country gets deeper into winter, the risk of health problems and injuries becomes more prevalent, especially in seniors. The following tips will help you avoid hypothermia, frostbite and falls in ice and snow. Should you show signs of hypothermia, frostbite or experience a fall-related injury, call your healthcare provider immediately.
All parts of your body should be covered when you go outside in cold weather. Layers insulate your body better than a single article of thick clothing. Consider wearing thermals under your regular clothes. Cover your extremities with a hat, gloves/mittens, and a mask.
Winterize your home
Your home should stay above 65 degrees year-round. Ensure external heat sources, such as fireplaces and space heaters, are evaluated for safety annually prior to use. Call an inspector to clean your chimney and check your flue. Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors at the beginning of each winter. Place space heaters at least 3 feet away from objects that could catch fire, such as curtains, bedding and furniture. A gas stove should never be used to heat a home.
Keep your feet under you
Snow and ice make it easy to slip and fall in the winter. Shoveling snow can pose risk to your back and heart. When it’s cold outside, your heart works twice as hard to keep you warm. If your healthcare provider has deemed shoveling safe for you, clear the snow around your home to provide easy access. Consider asking for or hiring help to clear and salt your walkways. Wear boots with non-skid soles and consider increasing traction on your cane with a new rubber tip or even an ice pick attachment.
Winterize your car
Prepare your car before the weather hits by changing antifreeze, tires and windshield wipers, if necessary. Avoid driving on icy roads, and remember to modify your driving habits to include slower speeds and larger stopping distances. Stock your car with emergency supplies, such as a first aid kit, blankets and shovel. Bring your cell phone each time you drive to ensure you can get in contact with someone in case of an emergency!
Ask for help
Winter activities, such as putting up holiday decorations, shoveling snow and driving, can put you at serious risk. Consider asking friends, family members or neighbors for help completing tasks around your home.
At Anthology Senior Living, your home is maintained by a team of professionals. You are free to relax while a trained team of professional manages your personal safety. Request your personal tour today.