The holidays should be a time of cheer and celebration. Unfortunately, the winter months have proven themselves to be dangerous for Canadian seniors. Older adults are nine times more likely to be hurt in a fall leading to hospitalization over others, chances increasing even more so in colder weather. Slick ice, blustering snow, and below-freezing temperatures can create hazardous conditions for people needing to venture outdoors. Everyone should be aware of the increased risk of falls.
In the winter, it’s important to keep your driveway and walkways cleared. If you are unable to do so yourself, consider hiring a professional for the season. Getting in and out of your car can be one of the biggest challenges during the winter months; a clear parking space will avoid any additional concern, allowing you to plant your feet firmly and have space to brace yourself on the door frame of the vehicle before moving inside.
At Seasons, property maintenance regarding the safety and wellbeing of our residents is of utmost concern. Retirement living residences offer peace of mind in knowing someone is always there when you need them; whether it be assisting with fall prevention by inspecting the building and outdoor areas, maintaining the home’s property, or lending a steady hand. If you are seeking out arrangements after a fall, we can arrange for a walker, escort and encourage a resident’s recovery until physically able to manage on their own again.
Seasons also offers many activities and programs that involve building and increasing our residents’ physical activity. Exercise at this age is key in maintaining balance, strength, endurance, and other physical characteristics that can help in fall prevention. For additional resources on fall prevention for older adults and how to take action, Fall Prevention Month, funded by the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, has many free resources online for ensuring fall prevention year-long.
Book a personal visit to best determine if Seasons is the right fit for you or your loved one. Please consult your doctor for personalized medical advice.