The beauty of a peaceful snowfall may look idyllic, but in reality there are lurking dangers when it comes to winter weather. There are numerous risks while being out during winter weather, especially for senior citizens who are more prone to falls and injuries. To help protect yourself or a loved one this winter, consider these four tips.
- Watch for Ice: One in three adults over the age of 65 falls each year. As people age, their recovery process from falls can cause many other health setbacks. In order to prevent falls, ensure your winter shoes are designed for great traction and non-skid bottoms. Have a family member or neighbor, de-ice your walkways if you must go outside. Our open-weave residential ramp is perfect for those who live in snowy and icy conditions. This ramp offers great two-way traction for wheel and power chairs.
- Dress Warmly: As temperatures dip lower, it’s important to remember to bundle up while you’re outside. Exposure to cold temperatures for prolonged periods of time can lead to frostbite and hypothermia. Those who are older than 65, are at much greater risk for hypothermia deaths, according to the CDC, due to age and decreased circulation. Never allow temperatures to dip too low indoors, since the body temperature should never go below 95 degrees.
- Prepare Vehicles: Driving during winter and icy weather can be a test for even the best drivers. As reflexes and reaction times become diminished as we age, it may not be safe for seniors to be on the road while icy or snowy. As the winter season approaches, it’s important to have your car serviced for winter weather and the gas tank full at all times. Always keep a first aid kit in your car, along with emergency kits including a flashlight, reflectors and blankets.
- Power Outages: As icy weather can overtake power lines, it’s critical you have the necessary equipment in order to maintain your healthcare regimen. Having a backup generator installed can ensure equipment like ventilators, stair lifts and in-home elevators will continue to run and, of course, can keep the heat running.
As you prepare for the winter weather, be sure to refer to the CDC’s Winter Weather Checklist. If you’re looking for more information on the products that can help you stay safe during the winter, contact us here.