Winter Home Safety And Health Tips for Seniors | CountryWide Homes

Although winter comes at no surprise around the same time every year, many of us are still struggling to prepare for its arrival. Before you begin snuggling up indoors, here are some tried and true safety tips to get your home and family safe throughout the winter months.

Avoid Slipping And Falling

Take the extra steps and plan ahead. Ensure that your everyday shoes have good traction and the proper supplies to treat slippery walkways - it will go a long way. To avoid falling risks inside, place towels at each entryway so that melting boots or wet shoes don’t create new fall hazards.

Dress In Layers And Set The Heat Around 68 degrees F

Staying warm is one key to health and safety. Layering ensures that you’re wearing enough clothes to keep warm. Layers can always be taken off, but forgetting to layer could cause discomfort and even cause an injury. For winter climates, be sure to have a warm coat and proper coverings for all extremities.

Stay Moving And (If Possible) Get Outdoors

When the sun is shining, if you’re able, get outside! If the weather demands staying indoors, you can always find a workout for a person of your ability level. Everything from high-intensity workouts to chair exercises can be found online. Check your local senior center for fitness classes, activities and gatherings -- even virtual.

Create A Check-In System

Ask your family to create a call list where a different family member calls every day to check in. Formulate a neighbourhood check-in system where everyone, old and young, can watch out for one another.

Take Care of Auto Maintenance On Time

Before winter begins, make sure you change your oil and your tires are in good shape. It’s also a great time to check that your car is stocked with an emergency blanket, a first aid kit and a few non-perishable snacks in case of an accident or delay.

Stock Your Refrigerator And Pantry

Be sure that healthy meals are available. When family, friends and neighbours ask how they can help or what you need, suggest a few meals for your freezer that will make quick, easy and wholesome meals. If you enjoy cooking, consider meal delivery kits that package ingredients in the quantities you need to feed one to two people.

Check All Detectors Regularly

At least every time the clocks change, but ideally, check (or have someone else check) your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors every two or three months.

Keep A Contact List Of Emergency Phone Numbers

Be sure that everyone (family, friends, neighbours, clergy, etc.) is listed who would need to be contacted in case of an emergency.

Use Smart Technology To Let Others Help

Different technologies can let families help even from afar. Anyone with proper access to the smart control technology can check the thermostat, make sure your garage was closed and double-check that the doors were locked before bed. Voice-activated technology can help you get in touch with loved ones if an injury ever impairs your movement.

Hire help or say yes when someone asks if they can regularly shovel snow or salt your sidewalks. Avoid activities that could lead to a fall or injury.

Let someone know when you’re going out and when you return safely. Although it may sound counterintuitive, asking for help and accepting it will make it easier to enjoy life and enhance your independence (both now and in the long run).

For more safety tips, check out Comfort Keepers Senior Winter Safety Tips: Recommendations For Toronto Seniors.

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