Help elderly prepare for autumn

As the leaves change colour, we’re reminded that, sadly, summer has been and gone and autumn is upon us.

Autumn

Many of us don’t consider the change in season to affect us. However, it can affect the elderly more than you realise. So, it’s important to make sure they are prepared for the change and that their home can cope with the conditions.

Look after the elderly this autumn

We’re encouraging the kindhearted and caring people of Wales to keep their elderly relatives, friends and neighbours in mind and make sure they’re comfortable and warm this autumn.

If your relative/friend/neighbour has a heating system, it needs to be serviced yearly by a qualified engineer to ensure it’s running safely and efficiently before the really cold weather arrives. You should also test any electrical heaters to make sure they work properly. But, remember, they should not be left unattended at any time.

It’s important to make sure they have blankets within easy reach of beds and chairs. They should also have plenty of jumpers/cardigans in their wardrobe to wrap up in.

Now is the season for flu-jabs. Many elderly people will be invited along to their GP surgery to have theirs. Vulnerable people and those over the age of 65 are entitled to flu-jabs free of charge.

It’s also a good idea to stock up on cold and sore throat remedies in the house.

Don’t forget any outside space around the house, including front and back gardens. The combination of falling leaves and wet weather can cause slippery surfaces. If you can, rake up leaves and clean pathways and steps. You could even add hand rails if needed.

Keep in touch

Autumn/winter often means that we stay indoors for longer and for your loved-one to have a whole day at home with no plans can be quite daunting, so be sure to check out our blog posts for lots of handy ideas for at home hobbies you can take up to help keep your mind active.

It’s also a good idea to try and up the amount of times you’re able to visit your loved-one during the week and at weekends, from a safe social distance of course. Perhaps ask other family members or close neighbours to pop in too or give them a call on the telephone.