Keeping well in winter

01 February 2019

For elderly people, the cold winter weather can have serious implications for their health. Britain is set for a significant cold spell, bringing severe temperatures and slippery pavements which makes getting out of the house difficult for seniors.

With a little preparation and planning, elderly people can enjoy winter without the worry of slips and falls or catching winter viruses.

Below are our top tips:

Get vaccinated

If you’re over 65, then you’re automatically eligible to receive a flu vaccination through the NHS at your local GP surgery, local pharmacy or hospital.

The jab helps to protect from the complications that come from flu, including bronchitis and pneumonia.

Stay warm

It’s important to wrap up in cold weather, especially if you are already feeling unwell. Ways to stay warm include wearing several layers of clothes at the same time, using a hot water bottle to warm up in bed, as well as eating one hot meal a day which includes carbohydrates, vegetables and fish or meat.

Seasonal vegetables such as parsnips or swede are a filling and nutritious option. Plus, oily fish such as salmon or sardines will help to boost your vitamin C and D levels, protecting both your immune system and bones.

Prepare for ice

Although staying at home is advisable when snow or ice has fallen, sometimes a trip outside to collect food or necessities cannot be avoided.

If you do have to venture outdoors then make sure to wear shoes with good traction and non-skid soles. A walking stick can provide you with added support and make sure you take off your shoes once home, as the ice can result in slippery conditions indoors.

Be prepared

It’s essential to prepare for the worst when you know that bad weather is on its way. Stocking up on tinned goods, frozen food, ready meals and plenty of tea and coffee can be a real saviour when it’s too cold to go outside.

Check in on neighbours

Due to the difficulty of getting around, many elderly people have less contact with others during the winter months, leading to feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Simply popping round to visit an elderly neighbour, picking up the phone or offering to do a bit of shopping can make all the difference.

 Let us help

If you or a loved one is worried about the oncoming winter weather and requires a little helping hand around the home, then our friendly team can help.

We offer companionship and support to people who want to stay in their own home but need extra assistance with regular activities such as shopping, cooking or cleaning.

Visit or call us on 0800 086 8686 to find out more about the care on offer.

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