Senior Safety Tips for the Fall

By Pam Canty, Intake and Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan

Fall is here!

  1. Get your leaves raked to help maintain your home as fallen leaves can make your porch, stairs, and walkway very slippery and dangerous.
  2. Remember daylight savings time ended Sunday, November 7, 2021, so move your clocks one hour back. If you are still driving be mindful that it gets darker earlier, try to get your errands completed early in the day. 
  3. Time for battery checks in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Also, check light bulbs and if possible, invest in battery operating smart lights that are motion-sensitive to help prevent falls. 
  4. Get that warm and cozy clothing out and keep some warm clothing in your vehicle for emergencies. 
  5. Get a flu shot to protect yourself, also consider getting a Covid-19 vaccine. 
  6. If you can, exercise and get some sleep because it allows your body to rejuvenate to start a new day. 
  7. Maintaining your vehicle; check the battery, change the oil, check tire pressure, get a tune-up, and winterize your vehicle.
  8. Invest in waterproof, non-slip shoes because the Fall season tends to be wet and slippery.
  9. Do not leave candles unattended. Keep them away from high-traffic areas and pets. 
  10. Use a Personal Emergency Device response system or a medical alert device. 

Following these tips will help us stay safe and enjoy this beautiful time of the year, Happy “Fall Season.”

Pam Canty is an Intake and Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan and has been a member of the Elder Law of Michigan team since 2005. As an Intake and Screening Coordinator, Pam helps seniors in Michigan apply for food assistance and other benefits.