Health & Well­be­ing

Great ad­vice to keep you happy and healthy

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I worry about my par­ents in win­ter. Is there any ad­vice I can give them to help them keep warm over the cold months? Becky Gar­wood, An­chor’s Care Qual­ity Man­ager, is here to help.

With tem­per­a­tures out­side fall­ing, it’s im­por­tant to put mea­sures in place to keep vul­ner­a­ble adults warm and safe this win­ter. Older peo­ple are ex­tra sus­cep­ti­ble to the cold, but there are steps we can take to pro­tect them.

En­sure room tem­per­a­tures are checked and ad­justed reg­u­larly so that the rooms are com­fort­able. Room tem­per­a­tures should be set to a min­i­mum of 21 de­grees dur­ing day­time and 18 de­grees at night.

En­sure your par­ents are dressed ap­pro­pri­ately dur­ing the day to keep them warm and en­cour­age a good in­take of food and fluid. At least one hot meal can go a long way.

A well-nour­ished body is stronger and more re­silient against the cold.

Flu jabs should be en­cour­aged for those who are vul­ner­a­ble. The best time to have the jab is Oc­to­ber or Novem­ber, but you can still have your vac­cine later in win­ter.

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