6 Useful Tips for Senior Adults to Stay Safe During Autumn

The changing seasons remind us to reflect and reassess. Older adults, in general, have to be more proactive when it comes to winter preparedness, and it’s better to start setting yourself up well in advance to prevent falls, trips, and other accidents that occur in winter.

Here are a few practical tips to stay safe during this change of season (autumn) and beyond:

  1. Get vaccinated

    Seniors are at greater risk of influenza during autumn. What’s worse, the flu can aggravate pre-existing health conditions and even require hospitalization. So, before the winter sets in, consult your physician and get the required flu shots.

  2. Keep yourself warm

    While it may not be cold enough to pull out your sweaters and jackets, you may want to put on additional layers of clothing throughout autumn. Go for non-skid shoes that will keep you from falling or tripping over.

  3. Clear away the fallen leaves

    Fallen leaves can get soggy from the rain, increasing the risk of slips and falls. Keep your driveways and sidewalks clean by getting the leaves cleared regularly.

  4. Maintain your HVAC to regulate indoor temperature

    Make sure that your heating systems are in great shape by scheduling regular maintenance. If you have a fireplace, get the chimney and furnaces inspected and cleaned to prevent fire hazards.

  5. Keep the shovels ready!

    Depending on where you live, you may experience a foretaste of winter snow and ice during autumn. So keep the shovels handy, and get help clearing the snow in case your area gets an early winter storm.

  6. Light up your surroundings

    The key to preventing unfortunate falls and trips is to watch where you are walking, which in turn requires your living space to be well-lit. Here are a few lighting tips that may help you:

    • Place the lamp next to your bed within your reach
    • Set up nightlights in hallways, bedrooms, and any other room that you may use in the evenings
    • Store flashlights in drawers and cabinets that are easily accessible

Follow the above-stated tips to stay safe. As always, PMC Insurance Group is here for you throughout the seasons.

By PMC Insurance Group

Since 1996, PMC Insurance Group has worked to help independent agents grow their client base by offering workers' compensation solutions for a wide array of businesses. As one of the most distinguished workers' compensation wholesalers in the country, we have the tools and resources to help you create coverage programs for both small businesses and large accounts.