It is no doubt that Canadian winter can often become extreme and dangerous. This is true for our seniors who are physically vulnerable to changing weather condition and therefore susceptible to disabilities.
Acquired injuries may range from:
Slip and fall related fractures as a result of snow and icy condition
Hypothermia or dangerously low body temperatures resulting in organ failure
Frostbite that if severe enough, can cause amputation of limb(s)
Heart attack from physical exertion when doing outdoor chores like shoveling
Motor vehicle accident
There are ways on how to keep our seniors safe especially during severe winter weather.
Winter Safety Tips At Home
Keep your home warm - set your thermostat at least 20-21 Celsius
Dress appropriately to keep yourself warm and cozy to prevent loss of body heat
Make sure you have enough stock of food at home to supply your needs
Hydrate yourself as much as possible to prevent dehydration
Ask a family or friend to check on you during extreme weather.
Winter Safety Tips When Outdoors
Dress in layers most especially if going out on cold, damp days.
Have someone sprinkle salt or sand on your driveway to prevent slip and fall injury
Drive slowly and allow ample travel time to your destination
Keep some blankets and an emergency kit in your car in case you are stranded
Always carry a cellphone to call for help
At Better Living Home Care Services, we truly care about your overall wellbeing. If you are finding yourself having trouble managing on your own, we would love to help you explore your options regarding home care assistance. We provide home care services ranging from respite care to end of life care. Call our Client Care Coordinator at (604) 765-1827 for more information