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Taking Care of the Elderly This Winter

Winter is well and truly here in case you hadn’t noticed, and this makes it even more important to look after the elderly who can struggle in freezing conditions. As the temperature drops, and pavements and footpaths become icy and treacherous, there’s a genuine risk of slips and falls, which can result in broken bones and other nasty injuries. Other concerns also affect the elderly during the winter, so it goes without saying they need an extra level of care, and these suggestions are a good place to start.

The elderly can feel isolated

It’s tempting to hibernate over the winter and pull the curtains shut until the spring arrives, especially when you are getting on in years. Those that are elderly or a little infirm can feel like prisoners in their own home when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and they can easily feel lonely, isolated and a little depressed as a result. Contact with the outside world is vital in this instance. Having a cup of tea and a bit of natter with a friendly face often does wonders, and this is something that can be provided as part of a personal care package, which offers a little help around the home.         

Pavements and paths can be treacherous

During bleak winters, when the outside temperature is freezing, the nights are longer and the weather is awful, the last thing you feel like doing is venturing out of the home, so imagine how this feels for the elderly? They are worried about icy conditions and know that one slip could result in a fall and serious injury. Simple things like venturing outside to place rubbish in the bin can be a daunting proposition, so senior citizens might need extra help with domestic chores over the winter as part of an individual care programme.   

Supplies might run low

When the weather is really severe the elderly are often scared to venture outside, and that in itself presents a different type of problem. The longer they remain inside, the quicker they will get through their provisions, and if they can’t get to the shops, their food might actually run out! Domestic care support will take care of this and ensure the shelves are well-stocked, no matter what the weather is doing outside. If you have an elderly relative or neighbour that might be struggling at home in wintry conditions, make sure you get in touch with them and visit their house to see if they need anything.    

Heating could be overlooked

Heating is something else that needs to be considered to make sure elderly people are warm during wintry weather conditions. The very young and the elderly are susceptible to cold conditions, so warm and safe heating is vital at this time of year. It’s easier to monitor the condition and well-being of senior citizens with regular visits, and this is something that can be arranged as part of a domestic care support package, which ensures the elderly can enjoy their home comforts for as long as possible.      

Personal alarms are really useful 

Sadly, slips and falls do occur over the winter, and whether this is outside or inside the property of an elderly relative, a personal alarm can be critical in this instance. Once activated, assistance is on the way immediately, and help will be with the stricken person in no time. It can’t prevent a slip or a trip, but a personal alarm can offer a little peace of mind if you are worried about an older relative this winter.      

Here at Charmes Care, we understand how difficult it can be for the elderly over the winter and have a range of care options to meet any requirement. We help people remain as independent as possible and you can find out more about our services by contacting us online today or calling 01983 530458.