Are you going on a senior living outing with your community? After all, it is a great way to spend time and bond with your community, while at the same time, allowing you to explore various other places. It is, in fact, one of the best ways to bring joy to your life.
But with that said, you still need to take safety precautions to ensure that you can stay safe during your senior living outings with your community. Here is the safety checklist that you need to take note of.
One thing that you need to take note of during your senior living community outing? It has to be wandering about. While it may seem tempting to wander about and explore the area, it can be dangerous. This is especially so for those that start to experience memory loss.
When you wander about, the rest of the community or your friends might have a difficult time finding you. Given that most senior living outings are conducted in new places, you are also unlikely to recognize where you are at.
More often than not, you would likely be distracted by something and hence wander about, which makes it even more difficult to trace back your steps to find back the rest of the community.
Even if you do, the rest of the community may have traveled to somewhere else or are in the midst of finding you. Essentially, when you wander about, it is difficult for you or the community to find back each other and it can be incredibly stressful and dangerous for you.
With that said, how can you prevent this from happening? You can stay close to your community during such outings and ensure that you always have your personal identification items with you at all times. At the same time, if you are interested in something and would like to look at it, you can simply inform the community and travel together with them. Pairing with someone in the community, like a buddy system, is also a great way to ensure your safety.
You also need to be careful of accidental slips during your senior living outings. This is especially so on a wet rainy day. Because less agile muscles, brittle bones, and sluggish reflexes may transform a small slip on the floor into a serious accident, you need to be mindful of the weather and the accidental risk of falling.
Instead, you should try to wear stable shoes that offer great friction, and avoid heels as they can make it more difficult to walk stably. Not to mention, holding someone’s arm for support is a great way to walk through any wet or slippery surface.
While senior living outings may be exciting, it is definitely not a good idea to overexert yourself. Overexerting yourself can be extremely draining of your energy, and at the same time, put you at a higher risk of falling or getting into accidents. Thus, you should try to look out for yourself and get more rest whenever you feel tired.