With the colder months fast approaching, staying healthy and active during winter can be difficult, but being prepared can make a world of difference. At Home Care Assistance, your health and wellbeing is our priority, so helping you plan, with the assistance of our dedicated Carer Workers, will ensure you are equipped for this season’s cold weather.
The first and most practical step is to help prepare your home, and by getting this done sooner rather than later, means you are ready to go when it gets cooler. Here are a few simple tips our Care Workers can assist with to get started:
- Make sure your heater or fireplace is working. Test your heating before the cold months set in, to ensure it’s working properly, giving you time to get it repaired if faulty. If you use a fireplace, make sure you get your chimney serviced and ensure you have plenty of wood or coal.
- Check your smoke alarms. Every winter there are more than 1,100 home fires and while house fire prevention is important, a working smoke alarm will provide early warning of a fire. Check that your smoke alarms are working and replace the batteries regularly.
- Check your electric blankets. It is important to check your electric blankets to ensure there is no damage or electrical faults. Turn it on for five minutes and check for any uneven hotspots. If it is damaged or has hot spots, replace it.
- Prepare extra bedding. Pull out those extra blankets and check they are ready for use. Make sure you have enough blankets for your bed and put a blanket next to your favourite chair for those chilly days.
In addition to this, taking care of your personal health this winter is vitally important. The following steps should be considered to better ready yourself:
- Get a flu and covid shot. These are available at GP’s and local pharmacies. Book an appointment and talk to your Care Worker if you need help getting there.
- Stay active. Keeping fit can significantly reduce your risk of disease and helps you recover from illness a lot quicker, yet only 41% of adults over the age of 65 are sufficiently active. The Autumn months are a great time for getting in some exercise such as walking, taking a tai chai class, or playing lawn bowls. It is also the time for planning how to stay active over the winter. At Home Care Assistance, our dedicated Care Workers can assist in helping you stay motivated and active over the colder months.
- Unpack your winter wardrobe. Check that you have enough of everything you need. Talk to your Home Care Assistance Care Worker if you need help getting more clothes.
- Check your wheat packs. Wheat packs can be great for soothing muscles and aching joint affected by the cold, as well as for extra warmth. However, wheat packs can cause fires and burns if improperly used so it is important to not overheat them and ensure they are in good working order.
- Boost your intake of fruit and vegetables. Maintaining a healthy diet, including increasing your intake of fruit and vegetables, can not only help you boost your immunity to avoid catching a winter cold, but can also help you recover if you do get sick. Winter is a perfect time for cooking and with the assistance of your Care Worker, you will not only be making nourishing meals, but will have great company while doing it. For quick and delicious options, check out our Winter comfort food ideas,
While staying warm, active, and healthy can be difficult over winter, it’s not impossible. The key is to ensure that you are prepared in advance, something that can make a big difference to your overall wellbeing and health during the cold, winter months. At Home Care Assistance, our Care Workers are here to assist you in helping you stay warm, safe, active and healthy this winter, so start now – there is no time like the present! Support of an in-home care agency like Home Care Assistance, can bring enormous benefit and comfort to your quality of life while living independently at home. Home Care Assistance has viable solutions when it comes to supporting independent living. For more information, get in touch with a Home Care Assistance near me today.
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As a leading age care provider, Home Care Assistance offers tailored in-home care services for older Australians, enabling them to live happier and healthier lives in the comfort of their own homes.
We offer private and government subsidised Care Packages and have office locations that are a registered NDIS provider. Our Care Workers undergo extensive training in order to deliver unmatched in-home aged care services where people can continue ageing in place. We are proud ambassadors of the My Aged Care government funded aged care program, enabling Australians to successfully navigate the process and gain approval for in-home care support packages. Home Care Assistance offers hourly care, specialised care, Alzheimer’s and Dementia care, hospital to home care, and 24 hour in home care.