Do your Part to Keep the Seniors in Your life Safe This Winter

The winter months are an especially trying time for many seniors. You may be surprised to find that doing your part to keep seniors safer, healthier and happier is quite easy.

Make sure your sidewalk is clear of snow, ice and debris. Fall down accidents can cause serious injuries to anyone, regardless of age, but when an elderly person is involved in a fall down accident, the injuries are often much more severe and the recovery much more difficult. If you own your property, always make sure to clear snow and ice. If you are renter and find that your sidewalk/stairwell has not been cleared, you should notify building management. 

Do not allow yourself to become distracted. This is important to remember behind the wheel and on foot. Many seniors have a slower reaction time than others, meaning a small mistake on your end could quickly result in a catastrophic injury. Far too many pedestrian knockdowns are caused by distracted drivers and distracted individuals.

Don’t toss your old sweaters, donate them! According to The Centers for Disease Control, annually more than half of hypothermia-related deaths are of people over the age of 65. There are organizations throughout the city that collect used clothing, coats, hats and gloves. 

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Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP