Snow has arrived in Victoria, and the forecasters are saying it is going to be sticking around for a bit. With the cold weather comes icy sidewalks, slippery roads and many other challenges for seniors and their caregivers.
4 Tips for seniors heading out in the snow
1. Dress for the weather
Before heading out, ensure that you are prepared for the current and potential temperature/conditions outside. Some things to consider are gloves or mittens, hat or toque, scarf, wool socks, a sweater and a warm jacket.
Dressing in layers will help keep you comfortable by having the ability to remove or add clothing as needed for maximum comfort.
2. Be aware of slipping Hazards
The Canadian Institute for Health Information reports that last year 4 out of 5 visits to the hospital by seniors were due to slips, trips and falls.
Because snowy or icy conditions can increase the chances of a slip or fall, it is important to ensure that you are wearing proper footwear. Grippy winter boots are always the best. Check the tread, make sure they fit properly and ensure any laces are able to be tied.
If you are using a cane, double-check your cane tips and consider using an ice tip.
Having a friend or loved one with you is always more fun. Go ahead, invite a friend, family member or caregiver to go out with you.
If you are heading out on your own, let someone know where you are going and when you are expected to be back. Don't forget to communicate any changes in your activities throughout the day.
Consider taking a cell phone for emergencies.
4. Know your limits
Go ahead, enjoy the snow, soak up a little cool air, but understand and keep within your limits and abilities.
Did you know Pacific Coast Health Services provides personal supports that include accompaniment during errands, walks and appointments? Snow, rain or sunshine we will be there every time. Need more info? Call us 24/7 (250) 389-0202 for a free healthcare assessment.