Elderly Care this winter is ever more crucial as this winter has been predicted to be a long and bitterly cold one. Age UK state that last year’s winter claimed the lives of thousands of older people. During this time there was an increase in hospital admissions and winter mortality.
Circulatory (heart disease and stroke), and respiratory diseases (influenza, pneumonia and chronic lower respiratory diseases) are the main reasons for older people’s winter deaths in the United Kingdom.
As you become older it may become more difficult for your body to detect how cold you are. This may lead to illness and potentially an admission to hospital.
By following some simple tips, you can help protect your health this winter:
• Keep your living room temperature around 70˚F (21˚C)
• Make sure you are receiving any benefits you are entitled to. Such as the Winter Fuel Payment and Cold Weather Payment.
• Regular hot drinks and eating at least one hot meal a day will help keep energy levels up during winter and keep your body warm.
• Make sure you get the seasonal flu jab which should reduce your vulnerability to infection.
Loneliness and social isolation have been linked to poor health and wellbeing. With research showing it can be as harmful to people’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
This is where River Garden Home Care can lend a helping hand by providing dementia support, companionship and personal care for elderly people.
Social connections are vitally important for older people’s health and wellbeing duing the winter months. Loneliness is harmful to health and older people are a high-risk group.
At River Garden Home Care we can look after your elderly love ones throughout the winter months. Make sure they’re okay and help with any tasks such as shopping and taking their medication. We can check on them regularly and make sure they are eating properly. Our expert carers can ensure they are keeping warm and looking after themselves. Which is peace of mind for you.
We all need to play our part this winter. A few simple steps will help older people stay well and out of hospital.