Now that the days are going to get getting shorter seniors who like to walk for exercise need to take steps to make sure that they are more visible when they are out walking. Since seniors have slower reaction times than younger people a senior may not be able to get out of the way of a car that doesn’t see them before they get injured. If they have in-home care services, the caregiver can accompany them.
If your senior parent likes to walk early in the morning or after dinner make sure that they and their in-home care aides are doing these things to increase their visibility:
Wear A Safety Vest or Use Reflective TapeIn-Home Care Walpole MA-If your senior parent likes to walk early in the morning or after dinner make sure that they and their in-home care aides are doing these things to increase their visibility.
Safety vests aren’t very stylish but they are very effective at making someone visible when they’re walking on a fall or winter night. Safety vests are lightweight and made from a highly reflective material that will glow when a car’s headlight hits it. Some safety vests even have some flashing LED lights sewn into them to make sure that they are visible. Safety vests aren’t expensive and they can save lives. If your senior loved one walks with an in-home care provider make sure the in-home care provider also has a safety vest.
Reflective tape is a cheap and effective way to increase visibility. It can be applied to your senior parent’s favorite jackets, walking pants, and sneakers to make them more visible. You can pick up a roll of reflective tape at any box store or home improvement store. And because it’s easy to apply and remove your senior loved one can move the tape from jacket to jacket or outfit to outfit. It can also be placed on hats and gloves when the weather gets really cold.
Wear Clothing Designed For Walkers
Another way that seniors can stay visible is to wear clothing designed to be worn by walkers and runners in low light. The fabrics used to make performance or sports clothing are designed to increase visibility. The bright colors and reflective patches will help drivers see your senior parent when they are out walking and the light fabrics will help your senior loved one stay comfortable while they are out walking. Lightweight reflective jackets designed for walkers and runners are ideal for seniors who are going to be walking early in the morning or after dinner in the fall and winter.
Wear A Miner’s Light
A miner’s headlamp is something seniors should wear for safety and for visibility. Seniors can take advantage of the extra light to see the ground in front of them so they can avoid any uneven ground, curbs, or other trip and fall hazards. And the miner’s light will make it easier for drivers to see seniors when they are walking. A miner’s light can be worn over a hat in cold weather. But if that’s not comfortable for your senior loved one there are also hats that have LED lamps built into them so that seniors can stay warm while they are walking and have the added benefit of extra light.