For the frail and elderly in our communities it is particularly important to pay attention to eating and living well in the Winter as prevention is always better than cure! Of course some of us will do all we can to avoid feeling unwell and may still be struck down with coughs, colds and even the flu. If you are at all worried about an elderly or frail person in your care – please do seek professional assistance.

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.