A REMINDER OF PRECAUTIONS YOU
CAN TAKE TO KEEP SAFE IN WINTER
In the U.K. every five hours an older person is killed due to an
accidental fall in the home.
More than 300,000 older people attend their Accident and Emergency
departments every year because of falls in the home
Falls and accidental injuries increase with age and most take place within
the home. If we get the preventative measures right we would do much to remove some
of the stresses on our already stretched services during the winter months.
How to avoid slips, trips and broken
Older people can Take Care and avoid accidents this
winter by following these preventative safety tips:-
Keep physically fit - falls can be due to weak muscles and poor balance.
Take fewer risks - do things slowly and in stages.
Avoid tripping - avoid wearing open back footwear, trailing nightwear or other loose
fitting clothing. Rugs that are not secured to the floor are a tripping hazard.
Eat a healthy balanced diet - make sure you have enough calcium and Vitamin D to keep bones strong -
milk, cheese, yoghurt, oily fish (such as sardines and tuna) and meat are sources of
Avoid bending - by having a letterbox cage fitted. Storing items you use regularly
in a place that does not require bending, can help.
Avoid climbing on chairs - get someone else to help where you can't reach, such as changing light
Consider fitting rails by the toilet, bath and on stairs - they help with balance.
Watch out for pets - you can easily trip over them.
Avoid leaning on furniture with castors - or remove the castors.
Spread salty sand on icy steps and avoid going out when pavements are snow covered and icy.
Reproduced by kind permission of West Sussex District
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