Aside from being a much-needed reprieve from the cold days of winter, spring is a time of change, of rebirth, of fresh air. It’s also a time of year marked by frequent and heavy rains in many parts of the country. And while ice and snow can make navigating the outdoors dangerous, the rain can make it equally risky to venture out this time of year.
From a slippery walkway to in-home accidents, there are hidden safety hazards for seniors that can occur both inside and outside of the house. Falls happen for different reasons, but consider the following Spring safety tips in the coming months for prevention.
Spring Safety Tips For Seniors
Since the weather can change so abruptly around this time of year, there are safety concerns that come along with unpredictability. From playing it safe on rainy days, to avoiding potential debris on windy days, there are many ways to help prevent accidents from happening. Here are some of the best Spring safety tips for you to consider:
- Keep An Eye On The Ground. In the early days of Spring, the sidewalks and walkways can be littered with fallen leaves, flowers and decaying fruit from trees. These can always create a potential fall hazard for seniors, so be sure to tread carefully and avoid shuffling your feet in these areas. This is especially true after experiencing heavy rains, which can make for a slippery walkway, even a day or two later.
- Drive Carefully. While this is, of course, a safety tip that applies year round, since the Spring is typically a rainy season, you should drive with the same amount of caution as you would with snow. With heavy rains, you can experience limited visibility and difficulty controlling your vehicle, which makes for a dangerous situation.
- Lace Up Your Rubber Soles. A sturdy pair of rubber-bottomed shoes are essential to prevent trips and falls on a slippery walkway or soggy, muddy grass. If your current shoes don’t have good traction or are uncomfortable, it’s time to toss them and invest in a comfortable pair of sneakers that have thin rubber bottoms, since a bulky rubber sole can actually result in more falls--and injuries.
While protecting yourself from potential fall hazards outside of the house is important, taking the necessary steps for prevention inside of the house is equally so. The National Institutes of Health reports that 6 out of 10 seniors experience falls in their own home. The NIH also states that “many falls could be prevented by making simple changes in your living areas, as well as personal and lifestyle changes.”
Some of these simple changes to avoid home accidents include:
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