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Long Term Care Advice: How Seniors Can Stay Safe Outside in the Winter

Feb 8, 2018 by Leslie Knopp

The winter can dangerous for an individual of any age. However, it is particularly dangerous for senior citizens with physical and mental limitations. Since it is unhealthy for seniors to stay at home all winter long, they should take certain steps to keep themselves safe while outside this winter. Long term care providers suggest these outdoor winter safety tips for older adults:


Stay Alert

Senior citizens should always be alert when they are walking outside in the winter months. By watching their steps, they can spot potential hazards like hidden patches of ice and reduce their chance of slipping and falling.


Walk Slowly

Walking in the winter season should not be a race for older adults. They should take their time to get from point A to point B and never rush when it’s snowy or icy outside. Long term care professionals can encourage seniors to leave early so they aren’t as tempted to walk quickly.


Wear the Appropriate Footwear

The winter is not a time for high heels or poorly fitting shoes. Seniors should invest in boots or shoes that offer good grip.


Invest in Snow Removal Services

If older adults own a home, they should invest in snow removal services. Long term care aides note that when steps, walkways, sidewalks, and driveways are free of snow and ice and treated with salt, seniors can significantly reduce their risk of slipping and falling.


Regular Exercise

Being motivated to exercise on a regular basis this winter can help seniors become stronger and more flexible. With increased strength and flexibility, they will be less likely to hurt themselves outside in the winter. Seniors can walk around a shopping mall, take a yoga class, stretch at home, or swim in a pool.


Staying alert, walking slowly, wearing the appropriate footwear, investing in snow removal services and exercising regularly can all assist seniors in staying safe this winter.

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