Staying Safe in Winter: Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls

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Living Livita
December 25, 2023
Senior cold weather safety

With winter here, seniors need to take extra precautions to stay safe during the colder months. Slips, trips, and falls are leading causes of injury among older adults, and icy sidewalks and slippery surfaces can make winter particularly hazardous.

Livita is here to give some tips when it comes to seniors dealing with the cold, and weather safety. Keep reading to learn more!

Staying Safe in a Retirement Home

To ensure your safety and well-being, here are some essential tips for preventing slips, trips, and falls in winter. The cold winter temperature effects seniors in many different ways, but thankfully, we’ve outlined some ways for them to avoid getting hurt with the ice and snow around.

Proper Footwear

Invest in sturdy, supportive winter boots with non-slip soles. These boots should provide good traction to help you maintain your balance on icy surfaces.

Clear Pathways

Regularly shovel (or have someone shovel) your driveway, walkway, and any steps, ensuring that they are free of snow and ice buildup. Apply salt or sand to icy patches to improve traction.

Use Assistive Devices

If you have mobility issues, using assistive devices such as a cane or walker can provide extra support. These devices help distribute your weight more evenly and offer stability.

Take Your Time

One of the most common causes of falls is rushing, especially in winter when the ground is slippery. Take your time when walking, especially when going up and down stairs.

Be Mindful of Footwear Inside

Have a dedicated spot near your entrance to remove wet footwear and place a waterproof tray or mat to catch any melting snow. Keep your indoor pathways clear and dry to prevent slips.

Use Handrails

Always hold on to the handrail when climbing or descending stairs, even if you think you can manage without it.

Be Cautious on Steps

Stairs can be particularly treacherous in winter. When using stairs, take small steps and use your handrail for support.

Stay Inside During Severe Weather

If it's icy or the roads are treacherous, avoid unnecessary trips outside. Consider stocking up on groceries and other essentials in advance and crank up that home heating for elderly safety and comfort.

Stay Active

Regular exercise helps maintain strength and balance, reducing your risk of falling. Consider incorporating gentle exercises like Tai Chi or chair yoga into your routine. Consult with your healthcare provider to create a fitness plan tailored to your abilities and needs.

Have a Plan

In case a fall does happen, it's important to have a plan in place. Ensure someone knows your daily routine and can check in on you regularly. Keep a phone, personal alarm, or emergency call system within easy reach, and have a list of emergency contacts readily available.

Brighten Up Your Home

Adequate lighting can help you see potential hazards and navigate your living space safely. Install brighter or motion-activated lighting in areas like hallways, entrances, and staircases.

Senior Winter Wellness With Livita

When it comes to winter care for older adults, it’s important to ensure that all the necessary steps are taken to ensure safety. Livita recognizes that, which is why we do everything we can to ensure that our residents are kept safe. When the temperature dips, senior health risks come with it, so going into winter prepared is always best!

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