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Tips to Help Seniors Avoid Falling During Winter

Capital Health Home Care | Dec 22, 2021

Winter has arrived, and it brings added safety concerns for older adults and the elderly. Many elders will suffer a bone fracture of one kind or another this winter, and that fracture has the potential to be life-changing.

Woman and Man walking during winter

The following tips are offered as preventative measures that can help seniors avoid slipping and falling on ice and snow during inclement weather:

  1. Wear the right footwear, meaning wear shoes and boots that fit, are not worn out, and still provide good traction.
  2. Wear gloves to help you keep your hands warm and out of your pockets, so you can use your hands and arms to catch yourself if you lose your balance.
  3. Keep your sidewalks and driveways clear of snow and ice; have someone (hopefully NOT an at-risk senior) blow
    or shovel the snow away as needed. Apply de-icing material to reduce ice buildup on walkways.
  4. Take your time as you move from one location to another. Watch your step, be careful, move slowly – especially when you can’t tell if your path is clear and free of ice.
  5. Please don’t be too proud to ask for help if you need it. There is no shame in needing help.
  6. Be prepared for the possibility of a fall. Consider renting or purchasing an emergency-alert pendant, and be sure to wear it when you get it.
  7. Do not check the mail until it is safe to do so.