Winter can be a difficult time for older people, making it more difficult for them to leave the house as well as being more susceptible to illness. While your relatives might not ask you for help during the colder months, it’s important that you make sure they’re cared for to help them stay happy and healthy. You can do your bit to help out your family this winter and make sure they have everything they need.
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Take a look at some of the things you can do to help out your older relatives this winter.
Make sure their homes are warm
Being cold can weaken your immune system, making flu and other viruses easier to succumb to in the winter. Help your older relatives to stay warm by making sure that their heating systems are working and being used, that they have good insulation and hot water. Portable heaters and hot water bottles are also good to have around to help provide warmth in every room.
Help them look after their nutrition
A hot plate or bowl of tasty home-cooked food makes a great winter warmer. Many older people fail to cook much for themselves, particularly if they live alone, so supplying them with some nutritious home-cooking or inviting them over to dinner could help them out during the winter. Using a slow cooker, you can batch-cook some great winter meals that can be frozen to see the whole family through the winter nights. Take a look at some delicious winter slow cooker recipes and get cooking.
Get them some additional help
It’s hard watching our relatives get old, but you can do your bit to help them live independently and make sure that they’re being looked after properly. Home care services in winter can provide assurance that your relatives are living in a clean home, with someone looking after their health needs too. Many people find it’s useful to have some home help all-year round to take care of those tasks that can feel like a burden for older people.
Spend time with them
Winter is a tough time for many people, but for older people, loneliness can really set in. Being too cold to leave the house can mean that some older people go days or weeks without seeing anyone, leading to all sorts of problems. Make sure you check in on your older relatives regularly. From phone calls to going over and taking them out, there are a lot of things you can do to help ease that loneliness. If you’ve got the space for it, why not ask them to come and stay with you for a while?
Keep a close eye on your elderly relatives this winter to make sure that they are healthy and happy. From making sure they pick the right supplements to ensure they have enough company, do what you can to help relatives in need. The season feels longer each year, so don’t forget about the older people in your life this winter.