Elderly people are more vulnerable than many others in society. This is why jobs like these support worker jobs Gloucester based company Take 5 Healthcare are recruiting for exist. Elderly people often need some assistance with the things in day-to-day life that we take for granted.
In the winter, the risks also increase for older people. Illnesses increase during the colder months that can be life threatening for elderly people. As well as this, the weather can make conditions out of doors more dangerous, leading to more falls and accidents happening. Slippery pavements and reduced visibility can be the cause of many of these.
So how can you help an older person to keep them safer during the winter? Here are a few ideas…
Visit and Keep in Touch – Loneliness is another big issue for many older people, so making sure that you visit or at least phone or video call older people regularly is a good way of keeping in touch and checking in and boosting their mental wellbeing.
Ensure that their Home is Suitable and Safe – This may mean making adjustments to the home – adding in grab rails along corridors and around the bath or shower to reduce falls and making sure that everything is easily accessible are a few good ways to do this.
Help them Keep Active – Being active will increase both physical and mental health – of course, this depends on the persons abilities, but a gentle walk, gardening or mental activities like puzzles are all good.