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Keeping residents healthy during winter

By Sadik Al-Hassan, superintendent pharmacist at PillTime Care

Older individuals are naturally more susceptible to illnesses and health complications in the colder months. so here are some top tips to reduce the risk of poor health.

Stay on top of seasonal vaccinations

One of the most critical steps in preparing for the winter months is ensuring that both residents and care providers are up to date with their seasonal vaccinations. In addition to the flu vaccine, there are Covid boosters. Getting vaccinated not only protects you but also reduces the risk of spreading infections within the care home environment. Ultimately, it’s a cost-effective measure that can save both time and money in the long run.

Hydration is essential

Dehydration can lead to discomfort and a decrease in overall health.

The battle against low Vitamin D levels

The reduced exposure to sunlight during winter can result in low Vitamin D levels, which can be corrected using appropriate supplements.

Early detection of infections

It’s crucial to be vigilant in recognising the early signs of infections in residents. If residents start to feel a little run down, provide extra fluids, prioritise a good night’s sleep, and consider Vitamin C and B supplements to give immune systems the best chance of fighting off infections.

Adherence to medication

Consider compliance aids to help residents keep on top of their medication needs.

Keep residents stimulated to combat ‘winter blues’

The shorter days and reduced daylight in winter can have a significant impact on residents’ mood. Extra light exercise sessions and activities can stimulate ‘happy’ hormones and support overall wellbeing.

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