With Winter on the way Home Instead Waterford is advising those with older loved ones to help them deal with the changes Winter brings.

Steven Tubbritt, General Manager of Home Instead Waterford, says that there are some useful tips and practices that can be put in place to ensure our older relatives, friends and neighbours stay warm, safe and cared for in the coming months.

“We have a duty of care to our ageing parents, grandparents and neighbours and by looking after their interests this winter, we can help alleviate the hardship that comes with it.”

Steven advises that encouraging our older relatives to wear several thin layers of clothes, instead of one heavy layer and to keep all internal windows and door closed to keep heat in, will keep them warmer longer throughout the day
 
“It is crucial that the elderly eat regular hot meals, as the body keeps warm by burning the food we eat.  Porridge is an excellent source of nutrients, it’s quick and easy to prepare and fuels the body for hours.”
 
Other tips include:

  • Clear pathways of wet leaves, which pose a trip hazard
  • Keep all emergency / contact numbers close at hand
  • Block draughts and keep curtains closed at night to retain heat
  • Ensure electrical devices are unplugged at night
Steven continued, “Please make an extra effort to call in on an older relative or neighbour. If they are dependent on solid fuels for heating, bring a bale of briquettes or a bag of coal. Doing a grocery shop is also helpful and practical as they will have all the essentials at hand to get through the next few months.”
 
Home Care providers during times of adverse weather conditions will always prioritise care to the most vulnerable i.e. those who live alone. If you are unable to help out with your loved one, please let your home care provider know.
 
Visit www.homeinstead.ie or call Home Instead Waterford on 051 333966 if you are concerned about the welfare of a senior family relative or neighbour.
 
Home Instead also offers an array of care services for the elderly such as light housekeeping and laundry, meal preparation, transport and companionship, up to and including personal care, dementia care, post hospital care and disability care.