Keeping Elderly Friends and Relatives Safe in Autumn

Keeping Elderly Friends and Relatives Safe in Autumn

As the mornings feel crisper, leaves start to fall and the days become shorter, it’s important to check on elderly people, to check they are coping with the change in temperature and to ensure there are no health or safety hazards.

In this blog, we look at some of the ways you can keep safe elderly friends, family or neighbours this Autumn:

  • Wet leaves can become dangerous slip hazards, so as well as keeping hallways and walkways clear of trip hazards, make sure that debris is not brought into the home by installing a sturdy doormat.
  • Maintain a consistently warm temperature in the home and seal off any draught sources. Have a certified plumber service the central heating system to prevent leaks or other dangers and have fireplaces and chimneys swept annually to prevent chimney fires. 
  • With the central heating on, keeping hydrated is just as important in cooler weather so don’t forget to drink plenty of water. It helps to promote brain function, regulates body temperature and is essential to the function of vital internal organs.
  • Avoid draughts by ensuring windows are in good condition and can be opened and closed easily. Elderly people should have access to fresh air and be able to keep out the cold.
  • This time of year can be a varied climate – some days much colder than others, so make sure your wardrobe can adapt to any temperature.
  • The NHS advises that vulnerable groups have a flu vaccine every year to prevent serious illness. The vaccine is free of charge to those aged 65 years and over – don’t forget to book it in around this time of year.
  • As the days become shorter, have your eyesight checked by the optician and install strong lightbulbs in every room and hallway.
  • Check the condition of all electrical appliances – especially the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – and be extra careful using electric blankets.  Keep space heaters away from flammable surfaces.  

Finally, regular calls and visits are the best way to prevent loneliness and ill health so don’t forget to check in on your neighbour, friend or relative!

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