No one wants to spend time in the hospital, least of all elderly people. It is overall not a nice experience, away from your own home, in an unknown environment, but most of all you are surrounded by people with illnesses that you could catch and make you worse than before you arrived.
Being dehydrated can lead to a large number of different side effects, illnesses and health problems that no one wants. Simply make sure that you and your loved ones drink between 6-8 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated, more when it is extra hot outside. Our carers will always monitor our clients fluid in take and make sure they are drinking more than enough on those summer days.
Try to make sure you have a regular GP that you can trust and knows you well. Also make sure you always follow your doctors advice and instructions at all times and do not believe that your friends, family members or colleagues know better. Your GP has your good health at heart and will always give the best advice.
Keeping physically and mentally active is highly important. Everyone has different levels of ability and some can move around easily than others but just small levels of physical activity is a good place to start. Keeping your brain active by completing puzzles, having conversations or relaying old memories is a great way to stimulate the connections between nerve cells and keep you mentally healthy.
We understand that appetites can sometimes diminish with age but maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is an essential part of keeping yourself healthy and happy. Ensure you are always eating your 5 a day, drinking plenty of water and not overdoing it with the processed and sugary foods. Extra vitamins can also be added to the diet to keep your immune system high.
Loneliness and social isolation can be harmful to our health, so it is extremely important to make sure you and your loved ones are having conversations with people regularly and not being left alone for long periods of time. Our carers understand how important companionship is within a visit and will always spend the extra time to have a conversation or look through some photos with our clients.
Once you turn 65 your greatest chance of injury comes from falling. A third of all older adults fall every single year. Make sure you reduce the risks of falling by checking every room in the house for loose carpets, running wires or furniture in the middle of rooms. Make sure rooms are well lit and there are no slip hazards in bathrooms and kitchens.
Some illnesses can be cured with a simple remedy or a course of antibiotics if caught early enough. If you notice any differences in yourself or your loved ones make sure you contact your GP straight away. Do not ignore symptoms and hope that it will go away on its own as this can sometimes lead to a more serious problem.
Remember our team of dedicated carers can help look after you or your loved ones in your own home and watch out for all of these problems to reduce the risks of hospitalisation. If you would like any information about our care services please do not hesitate to get in contact on 01707 246552.