A Quick Guide to help keep the elderly safe
Winter is a particularly hazardous time of the year. The plummeting temperatures, the treacherous weather conditions as well as a general lack of preparation for the season all combine to make injuries much more likely.
Elderly people are especially vulnerable, as the unforgiving climate can exacerbate pre-existing medical conditions they may have as well as presenting them with unique dangers.
Accidents Direct has produced an informal guide to help the elderly stay safe in the winter and here are just three of their tips::
1) Not to walk on icy/snowy paths – instead look for routes which are dry or have been cleared
2) Wall mounted heaters are preferable to portable ones as they do not pose a tripping hazard
3) Replace old slippers and canes as these can become worn out and smooth, offering little protection to winter conditions
To download the guide go to Accidents Direct.
October 22, 2010