You may have read in the news over the past week that we are expecting a worse than usual flu season. This BBC News article offers some good advice – click here to read.

As well as the flu, our elderly loved ones are susceptible to the common cold and as Autumn approaches the ‘cough and cold’ season seems to have arrived. Whilst it is hard to avoid these bugs completely, keeping well and looking after yourself is key.

Read our advice about day-to-day things that can be done to keep well this season:

SLEEP!! Relaxing music, avoiding caffeine beyond late afternoon and a warm comfortable duvet can all help with healthy sleep patterns. In winter, we naturally sleep longer because of the darker nights and it is perfectly healthy to use winter as a chance to ‘catch up’ on sleep.

‘FEED’ your immune system You are 80% more likely to get a cold in winter, so making sure your immune system is in tip-top condition is important. Milk and dairy products such as cheese, yoghurt and fromage frais are great sources of protein and vitamins A and B12.

EAT well When it’s cold and dark outside, it can be tempting to fill up on unhealthy comfort food, but it’s important to ensure you still have a healthy diet and include five portions of fruit and veg a day. Winter vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, swede and turnips can be roasted, mashed or made into soup for a comforting winter meal for the whole family.

Be ACTIVE Whilst it is important to take care on slippery pavements, try to remain as active as possible – even if it’s just a short walk around the block or your garden. Our carers ensure clients who are able to enjoy the great outdoors do so as often as possible, whilst remaining safe and cared for.