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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.