Winter can have a significant impact on the elderly as this short clip by Age UK explains:
Both Age UK and Independent Age have produced short guides on living well during the winter months. They are full of suggestions of what you can do to “winter proof” someone.
Age UK – Preparing for winter
Independent Age – Winter Wise
Here are some more suggestions which you might find useful:
- Make sure that the person you care for and you as their carer get a free flu jab from your GP or your local pharmacy. Read this advice from NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commission Group.
- Flu poster
- It's not too late press release
- To help reduce the costs of fuel over the winter, read Carers UK advice on what help is available.
- Set up an online food shopping account for the person you care for (if they live by themselves) and arrange for their shopping to be brought straight to their home. If you are not sure how to do this, then our IT trainers will be happy to show you.
- Alternatively, stock up with ready meals from these local providers: Wiltshire Farm Food (Discount Card) and Oakfield Foods.
Assisted Bin Collections
- If the person you care for struggles putting out their bins, then you can arrange for an assisted bin collection from the local council.
- If you or the person you care for becomes more socially isolated during the winter months they might find a weekly phone call might help. This can be arranged through
Age UK Bedfordshire – Telephone Befriending Service for those age 50+
Silver Line – Friendship calls
Independent Age – Friendship calls
- If you feel that the person you are caring for is sacrificing their personal wellbeing in order to keep warm, then contact the Age UK and they will send out a Hot Box to those most in need to help them keep warm.
Learn more from Age UK Bedfordshire
- If you or the person you look after struggles with depression during the winter then these articles might help:
Mind – Seasonal Affective Disorder
Power of Attorney
"A power of attorney is a legal document that allows someone to make decisions for you, or act on your behalf, if you’re no longer able to or if you no longer want to make your own decisions." - Age UK
- Take some time to have that difficult conversation about the importance of a Power of Attorney. This is important as you cannot set up a PoA after a person has become incapacitated. They need to be of “sound mind” to be able to agree to one.
Age UK – Power of Attorney
Independent Age – Power of Attorney