3 tips for taking Pops out in the rain

5/1/2014

Wink Martini here, and boy am I glad to see the sun! Yesterday, as I was trying to get my dad into the car for his dentist appointment, I saw a flock of ducks swimming through the front yard. The rain was relentless! And man oh man, it was a bad time for dad to have his dentist appointment.

When we got to the dentist I got my dad’s walker out of the trunk. The process of getting that set up and helping him up out of my luxurious 1973 Cadillac DeVille with a plush, velvet interior was no simple task. It didn’t help that my rain jacket had more holes in it than Obamacare. By the time we navigated stepping over the curb and the 3 large cracks in the sidewalk, we’d been in the rain for a total of 10 minutes. That got me to thinking about how many things could have gone wrong during that short trip from the car to the dentist’s office, so I put together a quick set of tips for how to safely transport a senior in the rain.

  1. Make sure they are wearing the proper shoes – Pops loves his wingtips. The man used to wear them to do yard work. However, wingtips are a terrible idea in the rain – they have no grip and the little bit of a heel can be a problem. Go for sneakers with a flat bottom and good grip.
  2. Get some extra grip on that cane or walker – Everything gets wet in the rain, and that include the handle of the walker or cane. Not a bad time to add some tacky grip tape to the handle of those bad boys. A slippery cane is only good for whacking someone in the ankles when you’ve fallen.
  3. Take your time – Pops wanted to try and rush in out of the rain, but with everything being slippery, stepping up over the curb, and the cracks in the sidewalk, moving quickly would have been a disaster. I had to remind him to slow down and be careful not to fall.

So there you have it. Here’s to a few sunny days to dry up some of this water. Speaking of water, it’s time for a martini!

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