Winter can be a tough time for us all but elderly people are often hit the hardest. If you have elderly relatives or loved ones, provide an extra helping hand throughout winter and ensure that their physical health and well-being is being cared for. There are plenty of practical things you can do as well as advice that will keep older people safe.
Here are some important things that you can do this winter to help your elderly loved ones.
All people aged over 65 are eligible for a free flu jab under the NHS. Be sure to remind your loved ones about booking their appointment or do it for them before winter arrives. The vaccine greatly reduces the chances of contracting the virus and developing further complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
Older people feel the cold more and take longer to warm up – that’s why having a warm home is so important during the colder months. You can help by setting up the timer on their boiler so their heating comes on regularly and if they are worried about high energy bills, look into the winter fuel allowance which can help cover costs.
Going out and about in the snow, ice and rain can be frightening if you’re vulnerable so why not run errands during the winter? Pick up their groceries or do something as simple as put out their bins to save them from going outside unnecessarily.
As older people are encouraged to stay indoors and keep warm this can become quite isolating. Make the effort to keep in touch with a phone call or by popping over whenever you can – a little will go a long way!
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