Navigating Winter Safely: A Guide To Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls During National Senior Independence Month
Because February is National Senior Independence Month, and smack dab in the middle of winter, Hold-Tight Handrails recognizes that it is of utmost importance to address the heightened risks winter poses for older adults. With an estimated 1 million injuries in the United States alone from slips and falls every year, seniors and caregivers should know and implement some practical tips to navigate winter safely while you are bundled up and going about your daily activities.
Steps To Decrease Your Risk From Falls
No one ever plans to slip and fall. However, taking precautions during winter weather may help prevent unnecessary accidents. Think about the following:
- Wear proper footwear. Replace outdated or worn shoes with something sturdy and weather-appropriate. Leave those slippers for inside wear only.
- Watch where you walk. Sidewalks can be covered with ice even when they look dry. Be weather-aware and watch your step.
- Incorporate strength and flexibility exercises into your daily routine. Staying strong and flexible throughout the whole year will help to prevent slips, trips and falls. It is natural to be more sedentary during the winter months, but don’t neglect your physical fitness when the weather turns cold.
- Check your home for hazards such as loose rugs, uneven steps or slippery surfaces.
Add Hold-Tight Handrails for Extra Assurance
Reduce the risks of venturing out of your home during the winter months by mounting Hold-Tight Handrails on the exterior of your home near entrances with one to three steps. And for year-round support inside your home as well, mount them near stairs and in bathrooms.
By incorporating weather-ready footwear, maintaining your exercise routine, and being aware of your surroundings, seniors can enjoy a winter filled with joy and independence while reducing the risk of slips, trips and falls. Whether you’re looking for more freedom at home or need a durable home handrail for your loved one, Hold Tight Handrails is here to bring you peace of mind not only during National Senior Independence Month but the whole year long. Visit our website today to find out how to incorporate our handrails into your home!