Home Care Safety: Managing Unexpected Winter Fall Hazards

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Home Care Safety: Managing Unexpected Winter Fall Hazards



Home Care in Trumbull, CT

Home-Care-in-Trumbull-CTReducing fall risk and helping your parents avoid falling is an important concept in your home care journey throughout the year. Falls are a leading cause of severe injuries in elderly adults, with hundreds of thousands of seniors ending up in the emergency room each year because of fall and many sustaining injuries that have a lasting impact on their mobility, health, and wellbeing. While you do many things throughout the year to help keep your parents securely on their feet and avoid these devastating injuries, it is important to also keep in mind the changing fall hazards that occur when the seasons change. Each time of year presents its own challenges and it is important that you take the time to evaluate these fall risks and make the necessary modifications to manage and reduce these risks.

During the winter seasons your parents will face a wide variety of fall hazards. While some of them are expected, such as ice on the walkway and front porch, or snow piled up next to the driveway, some other common dangers during this time of year may not be as quickly evident. Resolving these unexpected fall risks helps keep your seniors safer throughout the season while continuing to encourage an active, engaged lifestyle.

Some unexpected winter fall risks include:

• Improper footwear. Having enough traction on your shoes is vital to staying upright, particularly when walking across wooden, tile, linoleum, or marble floors after walking through wintery weather conditions. Look for shoes that have rubber or neoprene soles and just like if you were purchasing new tires, look for a deep tread as this will increase traction and reduce slipping.

• Extension cords. In many households, the winter is the season of the extension cord. Christmas lights, yard inflatables, extra heaters, and any number of other electrical devices show up during this season, ensuring that there are extension cords across floors, walkways, and lawns everywhere. Make sure that you pay very close attention when walking near these cords to prevent getting a toe snagged under them.

• Cold hands. While most of the time fall risks have to do with your feet, during the cold winter months your hands can put your at greater risk of a fall as well. Hands that have gotten very cold can lose feeling and muscle control, meaning you will not be able to grip as tightly. If you are climbing the stairs and try to hold onto the handrail, the combination of reduced feeling and weaker grip can mean a tumble if you lose your footing.

• Getting in the car. A large number of wintertime falls occur when getting into or out of a vehicle. Make sure that you have secure footing before trying to open the door, as unsure footing and stick door can spell disaster. This is especially true for opening van doors that slide. Get a good grip before lifting your foot to climb into the car, and then again when climbing out to help stabilize and get you somewhere secure.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Trumbull, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.

Jay Kiley
Jay Kiley

Jay Kiley has spent well over 30 years providing world class customer service to clients around the world. Whether it was during his career in banking as a senior officer with Fortune 500 companies or working with some of the wealthiest people in the world with the Superyacht Rigging Company he owned with his brother; customer service was and is first and foremost.

As the Regional Developer of SYNERGY HomeCare in Connecticut Kiley again puts the customer’s needs first. Working with the  five SYNERGY HomeCare Connecticut offices, Danbury, Bristol, Stamford, East Haven and Fairfield, which he owns with his wife ,Laurie, he has lead the SYNERGY CareTeam to tremendous growth and continued success. Knowing firsthand how health, aging and memory care issues can take a toll on a family, he is a very hands-on owner. He makes his cell phone available to all clients and their families providing more than just care, Kiley provides solutions to his client’s care needs and peace of mind to their family. 

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