Steady as U go
The Ohio Department of Aging has a new initiative to prevent falls by older adults, Steady U Ohio. It provides information to protect ourselves and our loved ones from slips, trips and falls that could lead to injury and hospitalization.
The most obvious threat for falls during winter is ice and snow. Several precautions can be implemented:
Wear boots or shoes with soles that have good traction.
Slow down; you’re really not in that big a rush to get where you’re going! (This works for driving, too!)
Make sure any steps into your home are free of snow and ice. Be sure your handrails are study enough to support you if you slip.
Watch for – and avoid if you can – slippery surfaces ahead of you.
Accumulations of more than an inch of snow may cause you to trip; don’t walk in more than an inch of snow.
Ice and snow tracked into the house should be immediately cleaned up to avoid slipping.
Don’t hesitate to ask for help!
The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties is committed to sharing information and resources for better mental health and the prevention of substance abuse. It now has a website, www.mhrsbssw.org, with a link to our Facebook page. If you would like more information, please call the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties at (419) 448-0640 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The board’s hotline is available 24/7 at (800) 826-1306.
Nancy Cochran, executive director