Posted on Oct 30, 2013
Wow, last night’s storm in the Reno/Sparks area was sure exciting and loud! I am surprised there are any leaves left on the trees! Fall isn’t only the name of the season. When leaves start to fall, the chances of slips and trips outdoors increases. Leaves on the ground can cause a danger zone for seniors.
Wet leaves and leaves stuck to the bottom of your shoe can create slippery walking that can lead to serious injuries. Check out these precautionary steps to avoid falling.
Clear a pathway – When the leaves start to fall, make sure you and your aging loved one have a cleared pathway when walking from the house to the car or mailbox. Be sure to remove all leaves and debris from this area.
Proper footwear – Make sure seniors are wearing shoes with proper traction to avoid slipping. Also, make sure the leaves are not stuck to the bottom of their shoes.
Railings, canes, and other supports – If your aging loved ones have trouble walking, make sure they have a railing or a cane to use for support when walking around leaves and other outdoor debris. Walk by their side as extra support if needed.
If you or your loved one need assistance safely preparing for fall or cleaning up after a storm like last night’s please let us know. Our caregivers can assist with most things that promote care for a senior. If you need to have leaves swept off a path or porch we are more than happy to help. If this is the year you decide it is time to install those railings or grab bars down the front steps or anywhere in the home we know of reputable contractors that can do the job quickly and efficiently.
Enjoy this beautiful season. But keep safe!