With Winds reaching up to 80mph in some parts of England this week, we want to remind our clients how important it is to keep warm and avoid slips, trips, and falls.
As we get older, we are prone to losing body heat, sometimes without realising. Whilst it is quite a mild January for us this year, temperatures are starting to drop, making us more susceptible to falls and illnesses.
Whilst many of us who fall over can brush it off and laugh, for the elderly, it is no laughing matter. Falls in the elderly can cause serious injury, sometimes even fractures, loss of confidence and independence. It has even been noted that regular falls are the main reason as to why someone may require care at home or a nursing home.
Losing body heat can also be a cause for concern since elderly, who have cardiovascular conditions, may find it more difficult to breathe in colder weather. The winter weather can also increase the chances of the elderly getting illnesses such as flu and pneumonia.
For this reason alone, we have listed some tips as to how you can keep warm this winter, whilst keeping safe, avoiding slips, trips, and falls.
The combination of wet weather and the temperature dropping means there will be more black ice on the roads. Black ice is hard to see for anyone and so it is always advisable to wear shoes that have a good grip. The shoes don’t have to be expensive and more stores will be able to advise on the pair best suited to you, for added comfort.
It’s never too late to get your flu jab. Adults over 65 years of age are entitled to get the flu jab for free, through the NHS. Pop into your local pharmacy, doctor’s surgery or even supermarket chemist where they will be able to give you your routine vaccine. This will prevent you from getting the flu, keeping you fit and healthy this winter.
It is so important to wrap up warm. Wearing layers during the winter months is a good idea and some warm socks to keep the heat in. Waterproof coats are great to prevent you from getting wet but make sure you still have some warmth underneath with a fleece or jumper. Scarfs are also great in protecting your chest, to prevent chest infections and other cold-like illnesses.
Having a warm healthy meal is a great way to prevent yourself from getting ill. Foods that have a high nutritional value such as soups and stews will boost your immune system and keep you warm. You can search basic winter recipes on BBCs good food website.
We all know how expensive it can be over the winter months to keep heating on. However, it is essential to make sure your home is warm during this period. If increased bills are a concern then you may be pleased to know that there are some entitlements you may have access to. Government-funded schemes such as Winter Fuel Payment, Warm House Discount and Cold Weather Payment all aim to assist with heating costs for the elderly. Take a look to see if you are entitled to these benefits.
At Trinity Homecare, we want to support life’s journeys, allowing access to an enriched quality of life. We know that during the winter months, it can be rather isolating, especially if the cold weather prevents you from leaving the house.
We urge you to keep your usual routines and see the people you love just as much. If you need help in getting around or assistance in getting to appointments then take a look at our visiting home care guide or give us a call 0203 944 1792. No one should feel alone, no matter what time of year it is.