Posted on Jan 17, 2014
Senior Slips in the Snow Winter Fall Prevention and In Home Senior Care
The cold winds are blowing; snow is likely falling where you live. Temperatures are dipping below records in some places and the furnace is constantly running to heat our homes. There’s no turning back; it’s definitely the middle of an ice-cold winter! Winter is a difficult time for travel and for navigating, especially in any northern state. With icy conditions predicted more often than not, even walking can be treacherous! This is why it is important to take the necessary precautions for winter fall prevention.
Senior slips in the snow can be particularly dangerous this time of year. Your elderly loved one may not realize just how slick the sidewalks may be and a fall could cause a lot of damage to their body. Many elders will suffer a bone fracture of one kind or another, especially in their hips, ankles, shoulders and wrist. Unfortunately, a fracture of this kind can be critically life changing. This is why it is vitally important to do our best to prevent a fall for our senior loved ones this time of year.
One way to keep your senior loved one safe from winter slips and falls is to keep their sidewalk and driveway clear of ice. If you are unable to assist your loved one due to distance or time, it is beneficial to hire someone to do this for your loved one. Make sure the company you hire clears the steps leading up to the house as well. It helps to apply de-ice material such as salt to reduce the ice buildup on walkways that is common during the winter with daytime thaw and refreeze at night.
Senior slips in winter can be prevented simply by reminding our elderly loved ones to wear the proper footwear. It is important to avoid shoes that are worn out and keep a pair of boots that have good traction and soles that include anti-skid material. While it is helpful to wear winter footwear; it’s still good to remind our loved ones to take their time when moving from one location to another. Remind your senior loved one to step carefully and take their time when they can’t tell if the path is clear. Black ice, or clear ice, can be threatening this time of year and catch an elderly loved one off guard by the thin coating of glaze on walking surfaces. Whenever possible, offer a hand of assistance to your elderly loved one as they exit and enter a new location to keep them straight and steady.
Winter fall prevention takes a little planning and possibly some acceptance that the risk is higher for a senior loved one. Your loved one may need to be reminded to take small steps and aim for the use of handrails whenever possible. Perhaps, it should be routine to check the weather before leaving home. If snow or freezing rain is expected; reschedule activities that take place outside of the home. While you may not be able to keep your senior loved one from falling this winter, but you can follow these tips to possibly prevent a serious injury.
If you would like to learn more about winter fall prevention and caring and consistent in home senior care and the many benefits of professional elderly caree or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of Madison to speak to a senior care specialist today 608-729-5365! The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. In home senior care allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of Madison provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Madison, Middleton, Monona, Sun Prairie, and Waunakee, Wisconsin.