22 Dec Winter Safety for Seniors
The first day of winter is officially upon us this week, and in the Lower Mainland of B.C., we have been gifted with the first sprinkling of snow.
For many, you have taken steps to prepare for the winter, but for those who are taking mother natures’ cue to prepare, here are tips for staying safe this winter:
Have an emergency preparedness kit – You just never know. An emergency kit is something that we should have regardless of the season. Unforeseen events and natural disasters happen and an emergency kit can help us to survive the unexpected. Ideally, an emergency kit should prepare for 72 hours including items such as non-perishable food and water, batteries, flashlights, medications, toiletries, seasonal clothes, cash and blankets as a starting point.
Outdoor fall prevention – The winter often brings inclement weather such as snow, ice and rain, making entryways and outdoor surfaces slippery and hazardous. Extra care should be taken to wear proper footwear, preferably boots, with non-skid soles. As well, ensure all walkways are cleared of snow and ice, and salt the surfaces as needed. If you are someone who uses a cane, consider an ice pick-like attachment on the end for additional traction.
Winterize your vehicle – Hopefully this is something that has been considered before the weather hits – but it’s never too late to be prepared. Have your tires, antifreeze and windshield wipers checked for the season, should you need to be out on the roads.
Dress appropriately when heading outdoors – Layer up and wear 2 to 3 layers of loose fitting clothing. This allows you to stay warm and adjust accordingly. Don’t forget your hats, gloves and scarf.
Get your immunizations – As we age, people may be at higher risk from suffering complications from the flu. Due to this, seniors aged 65 and older are recommended to get a flu shot each year, before the flu season starts. Flu shots are free to seniors and typically available in October. If you have not gotten one this year, speak to your doctor to find out what’s best for you this season.
Connect with a Case Manager for further tips on preparing for the winter season.