Keep older friends and relatives well this winter

Published Tuesday 8 January 2019 at 11:43

The past 7 years has seen a 3-fold increase in the number of older people admitted to hospital with respiratory illnesses. There are some simple steps we can all take to help keep an older relative, friend or neighbour fit and well this winter.

Make sure they have a well-stocked medicine cabinet, with remedies for high temperatures, coughs, colds, sore-throats and upset stomachs.

They also need to keep warm. Age UK has some useful general information and advice about what to do if you have any concerns.

Make sure that your relative, friend or neighbour stays connected and has regular conversations with other people – even if it’s sometimes by phone.  Isolation can have a negative impact on someone’s emotional and mental health.

If they have an existing lung condition, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, speak to the practice nurse or GP to see if it would be useful for them to have an emergency ‘Rescue Pack’ made up of medication they can take straight away if their condition starts to get worse.

If you are ill don’t visit for a few days until your symptoms have improved – you don’t want to pass on any viruses.

If you have any concerns about an older relative, friend or neighbour, get advice early.  Speak to your pharmacist or GP practice.

For a range of advice and guidance on keeping warm and well in Blackburn with Darwen visit the Your Support, Your Choice website.

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