Getting outside in the spring can provide a great emotional boost, especially for those who may have been cooped up throughout the winter. For some elderly people, the warmer weather is a refreshing change and provides an opportunity to get outside, even to just go for a quick stroll along the backyard or sit down and enjoy some tea.
Keeping seniors safe throughout the spring and summer months does not happen by accident. It happens with due diligence and paying attention to the details that matter most. Below are four tips that can actually improve safety for seniors at home when they want to get outside and enjoy the nice weather.
Tip #1: Clear walkways and lawns of debris.
After a long winter there could be sticks, leaves, dirt, and other debris littering common walking areas. It can also be on the grass and even hiding among the tall grass before the first cutting of the season.
Make sure those walkways and other areas are free of debris that can cause a tripping hazard.
Tip #2: Keep warm.
Make sure whenever the senior is going outside, even if it’s only for a short time, they have warm clothing with them. It may be extremely warm in the early afternoon hours, and they might assume they will return to their house before evening, but what if plans change? What if they decide to stay a little bit longer or stop somewhere else?
It’s important to dress in layers and bring along extra layers of clothing, just in case.
Tip #3: Use a walker or cane when necessary.
Even though the senior may be feeling strong and balanced, that may not be the case all the time. They should be encouraged to keep a walker or cane with them, just in case they need it.
Tip #4: Check those handrails.
Whenever there are steps that lead down to a walkway, backyard, patio, or somewhere else, the elderly person may need to use handrails for support. You’ll want to check these handrails before the really warm weather hits, if possible.
If you haven’t checked the handrails and all of the steps to make sure everything is tight and nothing’s lose, you should do it now. Even though the senior may have escaped injury, that doesn’t mean it will continue to be the case if you overlook some of these important factors.
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