Keep warm and safe during the cold snap
Start Date: 05/01/2010
Bad weather conditions will increase the risk of falls and bad driving conditions and age - related changes in vision, reflexes and response times make a fall more likely. If you need to travel it is advised that you use public transport, but remember that buses and trains will be wet and busier than usual and be aware that some routes may be cancelled, further details check First Travel.
Here's a few tips to help you stay safe this winter and avoid falls outside;
- Avoid slipperly streets,
- If you really need to go out wear comfortable shoes with anti-slip soles,
- If you use a walking aid make sure it is in good condition.
To prevent falls inside;
- Remove clutter,
- Low coffee tables,
- Electrical cords,
- Throw rugs,
- Make sure rooms are well lit,
- Night lights in hall and bathroom.
Never use a gas stove or an oven to heat the home and make sure there are working alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in your home.
It's not too late to get your flu jab so pop down to your local GP.
It's better to avoid strenuous activity but if you really need to shovel show then be sure to take frequent breaks. Older people who live on their own may want to have a personal emergency response system; a device worn around the neck or on a bracelet, that can summon help by a push of a button.
Last updated: 29/01/2010