While you’re getting your home neat and tidy ready for your guests, make an extra effort to declutter as much as possible. Items left lying around can be trip hazards, so make sure the floor is clear of any odds and ends. After opening presents, you may feel exhausted and need a bit of a sit-down. But take a moment to clear away the gifts (and all the wrapping paper!) first.
Avoid slippery slippers
Make sure your guest has some appropriate footwear to have on around the house. Big fluffy slippers may look warm and cosy, but the most important thing is that they have good grip on the soles. This will help your guest to avoid slipping. Also, make sure they fit well, are supportive around the whole foot and have a back so that they don’t come off easily.
Tread carefully outdoors
If you’re heading out for a Christmas walk, make sure you plan this properly. Go somewhere where the ground is flat and there will be paths clear from ice, snow and sludge. Don’t make the walk too long, so you can go at the pace your guest is comfortable with. Again, make sure they have appropriate footwear with good grip. If they use a walking stick, you can get a snow and ice grip attachment that goes on the end. There’s a stocking present sorted!
Steady on the Christmas spirits
For some people, Christmas and the odd drink go hand-in-hand. But make sure your guest doesn’t overindulge. Just a little alcohol can affect someone’s coordination and judgement, increasing the risk of a fall. Nobody wants to be a party pooper, but keep a discreet eye on your guest’s alcohol intake, and offer a soft drink instead if necessary.
Keep the kids calm
If you have young children, or there are some visiting for Christmas, make sure they’re aware of the risks and behave sensibly. They’ll understandably be excited at this time of year, but to avoid accidents, tell them to be careful around your older guest.
While you’re busy slaving over the stove, older children may be able to keep an eye out for you, making sure your guest is getting about safely. They could even help out by fetching things for them while they’re sitting down so they don’t need to walk about too much.
Let your guest do things at their own pace. If you hurry them into things like getting ready or sitting down for meals, they’re more likely to lose balance and fall.
These are just little things, but they can go a long way in ensuring that you and your guests enjoy a fun, festive, fall-free holiday season.
I hope you have a happy and healthy Christmas!