Winter Health: Staying safe and preventing a fall when it gets icy

Icy-weatherBrrr! The temperatures have dropped a few degrees in Doncaster and conditions outside can be hazardous for the most vulnerable in the town.

Around one in three adults over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year. Most falls don’t result in serious injury, however, there’s always a risk that a fall could lead to broken bones, and it can cause the person to lose confidence, become withdrawn and feel as if they’ve lost their independence.

There are simple measures people can take to prevent falls:

  • Try not to go outside when the weather is icy
  • Remove clutter, trailing wires and loose carpets
  • Use non-slip mats and rugs
  • Do not walking on slippery floors in sock or tights
  • Wear proper fitting shoes with a good grip.

Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be more at risk of a fall. If the weather is particularly chilly, help them with shopping and other necessities to reduce trips out of the house when pavements can be slippy.

Dr Nick Tupper, Chair at NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “It’s critical we all do what we can help each other stay well this winter. If you have elderly friends or relatives, simple actions like making a phone call to say hello or ensuring a loved one is stocked up on food and any prescription medicines they require takes no time at all but can make all the difference in keeping people safe and well.”

If you do have a fall and require medical assistance, try the Minor Injuries Unit at Mexborough Montagu located on Adwick Road in Mexborough, S64 0AZ. Open 24 hours a day, except Christmas Day. Telephone: 01709 585171.

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