Winter and, in particular, Christmas time can be a really important time for elderly people for lots of reasons. It could be physical health issues but also mental health issues come to the fore at this time of year. It’s easy to caught up in the frenetic time and think too much about presents and food and parties but if you have an elderly person or someone in need of care, then it doesn’t take much to check in on them and make sure they’re OK. Here are some ways to spare a thought and look after someone who might need it.
If the weather takes a bad turn, it may be difficult for someone to leave the house particularly if it’s icy or heavy snow. It doesn’t take much to pop in or call to see if they need anything if you are going to the shops.
Offer Some Company
Loneliness is a particularly major issue at this time of year. Visiting someone for an hour or so could really make all the difference to somebody who doesn’t see many people on a daily basis. Just having a chat or helping with some regular day to day activities could really go a long way in brightening up their day.
Help With Chores
Sometimes it’s harder to get things done with cold and short days. If you can visit and help with some general chores, that will go a long way to helping a lot of elderly people out. It could be putting the bins out, doing the cleaning or helping to make dinner. No matter how trivial it might seem to you, it could make a world of difference to a loved one.
There might be some medical assistance that an elderly person might struggle with at this time of year. It could be going to a doctor’s appointment, collection of a prescription or help with dispensing medication.
Heating and keeping warm can be a huge problem during the winter months. Keep a check on your loved one to make sure that they have sufficient heating or even that they have the right clothing. It might sound obvious but it’s not always that easy to keep on top of. These are just some of the simplest ways to look after any elderly people that you may know during the Christmas and winter period. Mobility can be a major problem especially if it’s treacherous underfoot and warmth and heating is always a concern but it’s really just about keeping an eye out for your loved ones. It might also be a neighbour or a friend but if you know anyone that may be vulnerable then try and take a few minutes out of your schedule to make sure they’re ok.