Tips For Seniors To Prevent Slips And Falls In Icy Weather
Winter is approaching once again, and for the elderly, all that ice and snow can lead to an increased chance for a fall. Here are a few things one can do to make winter a bit less perilous:
• Although your hands might be cold, don't put them in your pockets when you are navigating wintry stretches. If you slip, you will need your arms to restore balance. If you fall, your arms will help you to break your fall and land safely.
• If you have to walk through an icy parking lot or sidewalk, try to find a firm arm to lean on. Nearly everyone is happy to help an older person move along a slippery walkway. All you have to do is ask. Don't carry large loads while walking on snow or ice - you are asking for trouble! If you are carrying a load on an icy walk and feel yourself falling, toss your load so that you can break your fall with your arms.
• If you have railings going up to your front door, make sure that they are sturdy. They should be able to support you in case you slip.
• Check your footwear. Examine your boots and shoes. Better traction can help keep you extra stable on icy surfaces.
• Keep the shovel and salt inside your house. The reason you need a shovel and salt is so that you do not have to walk across a slippery sidewalk. If you need to traverse through the ice and snow to get to your garage where the salt and shovel are, that defeats the purpose.
•Strengthen your legs. Strong leg muscles could help you steady yourself if you lose your balance. Moreover, if you do fall, it would be a lot easier to get back on your feet. You should exercise your legs frequently to keep them strong.
• Slow down. It is when you rush that you end up losing your balance. Keep in mind that being a bit late is better than rushing and then falling.
• When the weather is especially bad, don't go out if you don't need to. When it is necessary, ask a family member or friend to go with you. Another option is to look into hiring personal assistance to accompany you to your doctors' appointments or to run errands for you.
Remember that prevention is the best way to stop slips and falls during the winter in icy conditions. These little tips, when used together, could make the winter elements a bit less intimidating.
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