Holiday Safety Tips

October 27, 2017

Here are some easy ways to ensure that seniors stay safe:

  • Hire someone to shovel snow from walkways and driveways. If they plan to do it themselves, they should tackle the cleanup in small chunks rather than all at once. They need to take plenty of breaks and stay hydrated by drinking water. If possible, they should enlist the help of friends, family or caregivers.
  • Make sure all outdoor walk ways around the home are free of ice by using plenty of sand or salt to prevent falls.
  • Seniors who live alone can benefit from having a live-in caregiver. This is especially important for seniors with mental impairment.
  • Keep a good supply of candles, dry matches, food, extra blankets and medications. During power outages, caregivers and family members should check on seniors to make sure they have everything they need.
  • During bad weather, caregivers should arrange for transportation for groceries or trips to the doctor.
  • Use flame-resistant decorations and keep power cords away from heavily traveled areas. Try not to leave lights on unattended.
  • Get help putting up holiday decorations.
  • Check on seniors regularly or hire a caregiving service to look in on them.

By Kyle Hill (Home Hero)