The majesty of winter is here. You’re dressed warm and headed out to adore the beautiful snowflakes and ope! You’re staring up at the universe faster than you can say the word ice.
We’ve all been there. But how do you avoid these nasty little blunders when old man winter sets in?
- Walk like a penguin with a wide stance
- Wear ice cleats (YakTrax is a familiar brand)
- Keep your hands free to catch yourself
- Use railings whenever it’s possible
- Keep snow melt or sand handy for sprinkling
- Take someone’s hand—only if it’s safe
- Avoid rushing
- Bundle up (dress for the slide, not the ride—this is usually advice for being on a motorcycle, but it can apply to winter, too)
- Go through the snow if it’s safer (wet feet/clothing is no fun, but falls can be worse)
What to do After a Fall
This doesn’t have a straightforward answer. If in doubt, have your doctor check you out!
Sometimes, after a fall, you dust off, get up, and limp away, pride in tow. Other times, you may think you made it out unscathed, only to feel pain three days later.
Be diligent and seek medical advice if you have any thoughts that you’re injured, and ALWAYS see a doctor if you hit your head from a fall! It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to falls.
It’s also important to track how many falls you’ve had. Those who have fallen often should learn the root causes. It’s not always a slippery floor. Several factors could put someone at risk, and that’s where medical care can provide answers.
Consider bringing a trusted friend or neighbor if you struggle to remember your issues at a doctor’s appointment. Another set of eyes and ears can help.
Fall Risk Management
Tidy up your home. If you have a fall, landing on a pile of those things on the way down can cause additional pain.
Use caution when placing throw rugs around your home. A rug to wipe your feet is essential, but ensure it has a non-slip backing. As for more rugs for decor, choose wisely.
Ensure you have proper lighting around your home, especially at night. If you experience urgency in using the restroom—especially overnight, consider sleeping in a room with easy access to the bathroom.
Caregivers at home can help you avoid the tasks that may contribute to your fall risk. Helpers for grocery shopping can help free up your hands when you’re going in and out of your home.
If you’re at an increased risk of falling when bending, lifting, or using stairs, ask for help. Home care workers can be a godsend to help you run errands or clean difficult-to-reach areas—even if it’s just a few hours each week. They can also help you downsize and unload some of those extra things you might have, taking up space and impeding your safety to walk freely around your home.
Home Care Companions may be just the ticket! They offer personal care services, light housekeeping, laundry/linen, errand running, and they can even make you a meal!
A reduced workload at home may help seniors live safely with independence. A little help goes a long way! If you or someone you care about needs help at home, Home Care Companions can help! Reach out to us via email at email@example.com.