Mummy says…Warmer weather is supposedly on the way, but with our current track record of snow storms, record-breaking gale force winds and high rainfall these past few weeks, there’s nothing wrong with being a little prepared should another cold snap suddenly hit…
It’s understandable to worry about elderly relatives or neighbours when cold weather bites. Your relative wants to keep their independence, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t appreciate any help you might want to give them. Here you’ll find a few ideas of how you can care for elderly relatives when the temperature decides to drop – again!
One of the most important factors in caring for an elderly relative is ensuring that their home is warm. If they have a tight budget, then it doesn’t have to be the whole house, you could encourage them to heat the rooms they use the most and to sleep in the warmest room of the house. If their home is run with a domestic fuel, check out emo oil for more information.
Elderly people take longer to warm up than someone younger, they also lose heat a lot quicker so they might not even realise how chilly they are. As a rule, make sure the house is at 18 degrees minimum. If you go to visit and find that they’re cold, then check the temperature first, make them a hot drink – get them wrapped up in extra clothing and a blanket and stay with them until they’re warmer.
You could go a step further and check the house for draughts. Under doors and old windows are usually the culprits. If you don’t feel that their heating is adequate enough then suggest moving their bed down into the warmest room of the house and suggest they sleep there until the cold snap is over. It’ll be more convenient for them, and they will be warmer if everything is in one place.
A helping hand
It’s common for our elderly relatives and neighbours to simply carry on, even if they’re struggling.
Sometimes they won’t ask for help, or perhaps they have no one to ask. Simply popping round and asking if they need anything from the shop could lighten the load immensely. Do they need a prescription collecting? Perhaps they need their bin putting out or maybe they’d like a hand loading the dishwasher.
Anything you can offer to do would be greatly appreciated. If your neighbour or relative doesn’t
receive regular visitors then it’s vital you make an effort, otherwise loneliness can set in.
Keep an eye out for illness
Being a little older than we are, the older generation tend to ignore illness or complaints and simply assume they’ll go away. When you go to visit, just make sure to keep an eye out for any illness. A cough that won’t go away or a rash that’s spreading. Over 65’s receive a free flu jab on the NHS, so why not take them to their appointment? Have you any experience of caring for the elderly when the temperature drops?
I lost my wonderful Nan last week at the incredible age of 97. I am, of course, saddened but also so thankful to have had this amazing lady in my life up to now. She lives on in all of us.