You love that your mom likes to go for long walks every day. You do worry about her safety. Here are three rules your mom should follow when walking to keep her safe.
1. Stay Alert.
Your mom should be paying attention to what’s happening in front of her. She’ll want to scan for people on bikes, potholes, oncoming traffic, neighborhood dogs, and other surprises.
She should also keep an eye on things happening behind her. A quick glance over her shoulder every now and then will suffice. She should check for animals that start following her after she walks by, others walking at a different pace, or vehicles that are driving erratically.
2. Dress for the Weather.
If your mom goes for a walk in cold temperatures and slips and falls or gets delayed, is she going to get too cold? Do her shoes have the traction she needs if she encounters an icy spot? If she has to step into tall grass while a large truck or tractor passes, is she going to be protected from things like ticks or thorns?
Your mom needs to dress for the weather. If it’s cloudy, bring an umbrella. If it’s cold, make sure she carries or wears a hat, gloves, and scarf. In the summer, she should have a hat for shade and a bottle of water.
3. Carry Pepper Spray and a Cell Phone.
If something happens, your mom should be able to get help and to protect herself. A loose dog that acts aggressively is one of the many surprise encounters that may occur. While your mom may not want to have to use pepper spray on a dog, if it comes to her safety, she needs to.
A cell phone is also an important device to have. If she falls and injures herself, she can call for help. If she loses track of her location and it will be dark before she gets home, she can use a phone to let others know or to call for a ride. A cell phone is also handy for getting directions back to her house or for authorities to track her if she gets lost.
It may be better to hire senior care professionals to help your mom around the house and join her on walks. With a caregiver by her side, your mom won’t be alone as she goes on her walks. Back at home, a caregiver can help with laundry and meals. Call a senior care agency now to discuss services and prices.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Monticello, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.
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