Winter hazards for seniors
During the winter months, ice, snow and cold temperatures can make life challenging for everyone, especially for seniors.
Icy, snowy roads and sidewalks make it easy to slip and fall, so make sure to wear shoes with good traction and non-skid soles, and stay inside until the roads are clear. To help yourself feel more secure, replace your cane tip if its worn out, and take off your shoes as soon as you return indoors to avoid causing slippery conditions inside.
Remember that winter storms can lead to power outages so make sure you have easy access to flashlights and keep a supply of non-perishable foods that can be eaten cold on hand.
Also, ensure your safety by checking the batteries on your carbon monoxide detectors and buy a new one if needed. Carbon monoxide can’t be seen, smelled, or heard, and its symptoms (headache, upset stomach or dizziness) could easily be mistaken for those of a common flu, so making sure your alarm works is fundamental in keeping safe, especially in winter, when fireplaces, gas heaters or lanterns are being used.
To learn more about Carbon Monoxide detectors, and for a in-home evaluation to asses other potential hazards, please contact Senior Safe Homes.