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Heavy Snowfall-Keeps Disabled People Indoors
Heavy Snowfall-Keeps Disabled People Indoors
It’s not uncommon to see heavy snowfall here in the UK. This week has been no exception. So, After a cold but dry start to the year, we were faced with the battle of the weather systems. Common to the UK when cold air from the north meets mild air from the south. The consequences could mean heavy rain or heavy snow. This week in March has been the later. Heavy snowfall, while lovely and peaceful to look upon, can have devastating effects for others.
It is the 10th of March here in Yorkshire, northern England and six inches of snow has fallen overnight. Not as bad as some of the snow storms in north America but when we are not used to it, then it can be very bad. This morning as I am writing this article , I know that the schools will be closed and parents will have to stay at home.
More importantly, it will isolate many disabled and elderly people from going about their daily lives and routines. The snow will make it impossible to get out and about on their electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters. It can make going outside a challenging and potentially dangerous activity for the disabled and the elderly.
Very heavy snowfall might make it difficult for loved ones or healthcare providers to check on people because they may not realise that they are alone. This essay will examine how heavy snow is keeping the disabled and the elderly indoors, and what may be done to assist them.
Call and check on your neighbour
Snow and ice can make it extremely challenging, if not impossible, for those with disabilities or restricted mobility to leave their homes. Doing basic things such as going for your daily shopping can become impossible to do. Snow and ice can make it difficult for those using wheelchairs and walkers to get around, and they can also raise the risk of accidents and injury.
Calling into see if your disabled neighbour is ok or not could be a life saver. Luckily in our area we have a corner shop who offer a delivery service. However, the snow will probably make this impossible to carry out. As a result, many people who are disabled stay home during periods of severe snowfall, reducing their chances of getting out and about, exercising, and accessing services they need.
Of course, many elderly people are in a similar position. With less movement and a higher risk of injury. Elderly people may have trouble maintaining their balance or noticing potential hazards while walking on snow and ice. Furthermore, older persons may have a more difficult time controlling their body temperature in cold conditions. Hence, increasing their risk of hypothermia and frostbite. These things can discourage older people from going outside, notwithstanding their wishes.
Heavy snowfall keeps the elderly indoors
Of course, heavy snowfall makes it difficult for others to see whether people with disabilities or the elderly are having difficulty or need help. Icy roads and falling snow make it difficult to tell if a person’s driveway or front walk has been shovelled. So, both can impede emergency personnel and friendly neighbours from reaching a person who needs assistance. Importantly, for those who live alone and don’t have regular check-ins, this might be quite worrisome.
Fortunately, the heavy snowfall, here in the UK only lasts a couple of days. But its disabling effect that the snow makes in the present time. Bread and other groceries may be needed and time is of the upmost importance.
Family members and friends can also play a significant part in aiding their loved ones during heavy snowfall. It’s important to keep an eye on elderly or disabled family, either in person or over the phone, to make sure they’re okay. Helping someone remove snow and ice from their driveway or front walk can also make it easier for them to leave the house and get to work or meet up with friends and family.
Heavy Snow Keeps Disabled People Indoors In conclusion
Those who are disabled or elderly may face substantial obstacles due to severe snowfall, which may prevent them from leaving their homes or getting to the services they need. In addition, this might make it hard for those around them to recognise when these people are in trouble or need help. However, there are things that may be done to lessen the impact of heavy snow, such as providing snow removal services, allowing for virtual check-ins, and having friends and family check in on a frequent basis. When we all pitch in, we can make sure that everyone has a dry and comfortable place to stay no matter the weather.
Lets hope to see some sunny spring days soon when we can all get out and about. Also do not forget to keep your electric wheelchair or mobility scooter out of the bad weather. Mobility Batteries should also be kept on charge so that when this terrible snow clears then you can get out and about again.
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