It’s time to say farewell for the long evenings and summer sunshine for a while as we turn our attention to the months ahead. Autumn and winter months, it is completely normal to worry about them… Whether it is about yourself or a loved one. In this blog, our goal is to give some tips and help to keep your heart at ease. Remember, keeping yourself safe is just as important as a loved one.
Especially as it gets colder and icy, falls can be a common issue. In autumn, falling leaves can become a trip hazard as they become slippery and wet. Our advice is to keep doorways, stairwells and walking passages clear of leaves and debris.
Similarly, there can be many hazards within the home. Keep the floor clear, even from obstacles such as piles of books or shoes. Install strong lightbulbs and get eye prescriptions checked and up to date.
Finally, bars beside the toilet and bath help to prevent bathroom falls. As described in our Independence Series: Bathroom Aids blog.
Spending a few minutes to bring warmer clothes to the front of the wardrobe can be greatly beneficial. As the temperature begins to drop, layers should go up! But do keep a few lighter layers for the warmer days.
Take the time to check your heating system is working as best as it can. Have a certified professional service the central heating system to prevent leaks or other dangers.
Windows of the home
All windows should be easy to open and close. It is important that there is access to both fresh air and the ability to keep out the cold autumn weather.
Check the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home.
Keep a fire blanket and/or fire extinguisher near fire hazard areas, such as the kitchen and sitting room. Also, make sure everyone knows how to use them.
Check the condition of all electrical appliances to ensure there are no hazards where possible. Be especially aware of electric blankets.
Finally, have fireplaces and chimneys swept annually to prevent chimney fires.
It is advised by the NHS that vulnerable groups (elderly, disabled..) have a flu vaccine every year to prevent serious illness. Free of charge for over 65s, the flu vaccine can prevent severe illness.
Visit the elderly
Visits are vital, especially as the weather changes. See how they are managing and regularly ensure their home is safe in the autumn. Checking for safety hazards and their wellbeing. Regular calls and visits are also the best ways to prevent loneliness.
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