Winter is well on its way, and that means many seniors across Canada are dealing with the cold, cold weather and short, dark days. While winter can pose a risk to most of us, it is especially concerning for seniors who may have mobility issues or live in isolation. Here are our top tips for senior safety in winter:
- Have a pair of sturdy, warm winter boots with an excellent grip that are easy to put on.
- Ensure that sidewalks are being taken care of, right up to the front door. The neighbourhood might kids come in handy here!
- Have an emergency kit prepared and accessible – candles, batteries, heaters, blankets, cell phone, etc.
- For seniors with mobility issues who like to go for walks, it is preferable that they don’t venture out alone. Bring someone for stability and safety.
- Get gas/electricity checked and serviced. Do it now!
- Stock supplies in the house just in case the weather becomes too poor to go out shopping.
- If the senior is in an isolated location, make sure someone is checking in regularly.
- Avoid unnecessary driving (applies to everyone).