Winter is the time for blizzards, sub-zero weather and visits to the ER due to falls on the ice. For those with mobility problems, all that ice signifies an increased chances of slips and falls, and, consequently, bigger doctor bills. Here are some practical ways to make winter less perilous and keep you on your feet.
1. Start using ice grips.
At CarePro Home Medical, you’ll find a selection of ice grips for the bottoms of your canes or crutches. These pronged feet will dig into the snow and ice, giving you a strong support when you have to face slippery conditions.
2. Don’t put too much weight in your walker bag.
A walker bag isn’t for carrying around oxygen tanks. If you’re putting too many things in your walker bag, your walker can become too heavy in the front and increase your risk of tipping forwards. A good rule of thumb for the items in your walker bag is to only put in it what you could ordinarily carry in your hands.
3. Evaluate the surfaces you walk on.
Has tracking in a lot of snow made your tile floors wet and slippery? Slow down and take precautions when you notice that the surface might present more risks for a fall.
4. Bring a cell phone.
In the event that you do fall, you want to make sure you have a way to contact help if you’re unable to get up. In particular, keep a cell phone on you when you leave the house or when you’re alone, so that you’ll be able to get help if you need it.
5. Strengthen your legs.
Strong muscles can help you keep your balance or help you up if you fall. You should exercise your leg muscles frequently to keep them strong.