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Better Living Author February 12, 2019

8 Ways On How To Keep Seniors Safe In Winter

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
If you find yourself in a life-threatening situation, always dial 9-1-1
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

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