Falls are the leading cause of serious injuries for seniors 75 and older. Snow and ice are dangerous for anyone walking outdoors this time of year, but it’s especially unsafe for seniors because they may walk with an unsteady gait due to loss of muscle strength or the use of medications. Symptoms caused by arthritis, diabetes, or poor circulation, can complicate matters, making falling easier. So, what are the best ways to prevent falls?
- Walk with a partner, never alone, especially outside in the wintertime, when ice and snow cover walkways. There’s safety in numbers, with the added bonus of enjoying the company of family, friends or care aides.
- Wear ice gripping shoes or boots to prevent slips. When using a walking cane, add ice grips for safety.
- Maintain a regular exercise routine year-round to keep your muscles strong for general mobility and fall prevention.
- Look for non-slip mobility products to keep you safe when venturing outdoors in the wintertime. If you need help choosing a mobility product, call our friendly staff in Vernon or Salmon Arm to discuss fall prevention. We offer mobility solutions such as ramps, handrails, and wheelchair lifts. At Lakeside Medical Supplies, our years of experience in the healthcare supply industry allows us to offer exceptional service.