Dec 16, 2020 by Danielle Andersen
There is two sides to every winter season in Minnesota – the wonderland created by the glistening snow in the daylight and the hazardous, icy terrain that can lead to injuries if not careful. As accustomed to blustery winters as Minnesotans are, they can still put seniors at risk of falls. Even seemingly harmless activities like walking to the mailbox can become dangerous!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Minnesota has the third highest fall mortality rate in the United States. This means that, as a Minnesota senior, you should take extra precaution by following these fall prevention tips.
The Mayo Clinic states that chronic conditions, age, a fear of falling, impaired vision and a history of falling can increase your risk of falling this winter season. If one or more of these risk factors applies to you, you should make sure to follow the necessary precautions and tips to avoid injuring yourself:
While there are many prevention tips and best practices to follow to prevent a fall this winter, sometimes accidents still happen. If you do fall outside, here is what you should and should not do to help yourself recover:
At Knute Nelson, we’ve experienced everything from light winter storms to the most severe, blustery blizzards. That’s why we take precautions to ensure our senior living campuses are safe and hazard-free for our residents as they move about during the wintertime. The safety and wellbeing of our residents is and always will our top priority.
Contact us today to learn more about our senior living communities and our approach to resident care at Knute Nelson.