Winter can be a challenging time of year, especially if you have limited mobility. Having limited mobility during the winter months can make getting around and doing simple tasks more difficult as you are trying not to slip on the ice and snow. However, there are a few ways in which you can keep yourself safe during this time. Continue reading to find out some tips 

Check Your Home is Working Properly 

It is a good idea to get your heater checked preferably before winter hits, however, it can be expensive or maybe you do not have the time so you can check it yourself. Some ways in which you can see if your heater is working properly is to make sure the pilot light is lit correctly if you have a boiler, make sure your thermostat works correctly, make sure your boiler is not making any unusual sounds, and make sure nothing is leaking from the boiler or radiator.  

Always Keep a Charged Phone with You 

Another excellent tip for those with limited mobility to stay safe this winter is to make sure that your phone is charged. It is a good idea to never let it fall below 40% to ensure that you have enough battery to call someone if you need help while being able to remain on the line until they arrive. Also, always keeping your phone with you will also help you stay safe because you will be able to call someone for help for example if you fall and are all alone in your house, you will be able to call someone to come and help you whether it be a family member or an ambulance.  

Consider Limiting Your Journeys if Possible 

By reducing the number of trips you make to various places, it will help you stay safe by reducing the risk of incidents. Although it may be tempting to go outside for a simple trip but think to yourself if it is really necessary. If you are simply going out to entertain yourself there are ways to do so from the safety of your home such as various crafts, puzzles, listening to music, etc. If you want to socialize, try hosting a gathering instead. Finally, when it comes to shopping, there are delivery options out there that will bring your groceries and anything else you may need right to your door. However, if you live in an area where delivery is not an option, then try to reach out to family and friends to see if they would help you out.  

Wear the Right Clothing 

If you must go outside, it is very important that you wear the right clothing to make sure that you stay warm. Also, make sure that you wear shoes that have good grips on them to decrease the risk of you falling. You can also give yourself added protection by adding extra clothing to fragile areas by including items such as gloves or scarves.  

Even if you have limited mobility, you are able to stay safe this winter. Just implement these few tips to prevent falls or other incidents that can hurt you. If you are interested in learning more about how you can stay safe this winter while having limited mobility, contact us today!