Staying Safe In Cold and Icy Weather

Posted by Joe on 3/2/2015 to Canes & Cane Accessories
Seniors who have more limited mobility can run into some issues in the winter time. Snow, ice and chilly temperatures can lead to more slips and falls and other cold weather issues. It is important for us to keep this in mind during these colder months.




The colder weather may limit you or your loved one's ability to move around and to do errands. So, it may be necessary to have a person available to run important errands, such as grocery shopping. Someone should ensure that the senior has adequate food and medication to last for at least three or four days.

Note that poor winter weather can make the streets hard to drive and could affect electrical service. The senior with limited mobility should have flashlights and batteries on hand in case power does go out.

Space heaters often are used by seniors to stay warm, but these can be fire hazards. These heaters should be checked regularly to make sure that they are safe and functional. New batteries should be put in smoke detectors and in carbon monoxide detectors every year.

Be sure that vital phone numbers are posted on the fridge. These might include the phone numbers of family members, doctors, and food delivery services.

If the loved one lives a distance from you, be sure to have a friend or neighbor check in on him or her every few days.

For getting around in cold and icy weather, consider the 5 Cleat Ice Pick for Canes and Crutches:

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