Winter can be a beautiful season, bringing a fresh start for the new year, cosy nights in and winter activities with loved ones. However, for the elderly, it can be a challenging time, especially for those who live alone. As a leading provider of care at home services, Call-in Homecare is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our service users during the winter season. Here are some tips to keep your loved ones safe during the cold months:
Heat Your Home
First and foremost, make sure your loved one’s home is warm enough. The ideal temperature is between 18°C to 21°C, and this can be achieved by using a thermostat or space heater. However, avoid using gas heaters as they can be dangerous due to carbon monoxide emissions.
Secondly, ensure that the home is well ventilated and free of drafts. This can reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses and keep the indoor air clean and fresh.
Eat Well and Keep Hydrated
Proper nutrition is especially important for the elderly during the winter months. As the temperature drops, it is essential to consume foods that will keep the body warm and healthy. Warm soups, stews and casseroles can provide a comforting and nutritious meal for the elderly.
Additionally, incorporating fruits and vegetables that are in season during the winter such as citrus fruits, pears and sweet potatoes can provide essential vitamins and minerals to boost the immune system and maintain overall health. It is important for caregivers to ensure that their elderly loved ones are consuming a well-balanced and varied diet to support their health and wellbeing during the colder months.
Winter Soup Recipe
Below is a basic soup recipe that can be adapted for whatever veg you’ve got in the fridge. Serve with creme fraiche and fresh herbs.
- 200g chopped vegetables such as onions, celery and carrots
- 300g potatoes, cubed
- 1 tbsp oil
- 700ml stock
- crème fraîche and fresh herbs, to serve
- STEP 1
- Fry the vegetables and potatoes in a pan with the oil for a few minutes until beginning to soften.
- STEP 2
- Cover with the stock and simmer for 10-15 mins until the veg is tender. Blend until smooth, then season. Serve with a dollop of crème fraîche and some fresh herbs. Will freeze for up to one month.
Some other winter tips to consider include:
- Checking that your loved one has enough warm clothing, such as sweaters and blankets.
- Ensuring that they have proper footwear with good traction to avoid slipping on icy surfaces.
- Checking that their home has adequate lighting, both inside and outside, to avoid accidents.
- Making sure that they have a way to contact someone in case of an emergency.
At Call-in Homecare, we understand the importance of elderly safety in winter and are committed to providing tailored home care services that meet our service users’ unique needs. Our team of compassionate and experienced carers are dedicated to ensuring that our service users feel safe, comfortable, and supported during the winter season and year-round.