A new year, a new you. It’s a traditional mantra when January finally rolls around and we all look at our lives. But the opportunity to assess your life is even more important if you are vulnerable or elderly.
Here are some tips from Welbeing on how you can make small tweaks to your lifestyle which can have a big impact to the quality of your life in 2017.
Go green: Well, not completely, but it is even more important to eat fruit and vegetables as you get older and not slip into the habit of only eating what you like. The government’s Eat Well Guide suggests we should eat at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. But, the good news is that this can be in a variety of forms and does not have to be only fresh-if you or someone you care for has mobility issues it’s worth considering stocking up on frozen or tinned foods that will last as it’s not only cost effective, but means there will always be a reserve for when you’re unable to leave the house. It’s no secret that eating well can aid wellbeing, and this is particularly important to those who suffer from an ongoing medical condition or are at a high risk of catching winter illnesses such as the flu.
Be active: There’s strong evidence that people who are active have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, depression and dementia. The NHS suggests we aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate activity every week. Don’t worry; you do not have to do this all in one go. Why not try and split your periods of activity? Getting in to a routine of regular gentle exercise is recommended. If you are able to, taking short walks will also give you the added benefit of fresh air and the opportunity to socialise. If you suffer from falls or are not confident walking alone, you may want to consider a personal alarm or fall detector for reassurance.
If you have mobility or health issues and are unsure how much exercise is manageable or advised for you, it’s recommended you seek advice from your doctor.
Be independent: While some people rely on the assistance of others to undertake daily tasks, remaining as independent as possible is undoubtedly important to most people. While it is not advisable to replace face to face care where required, there is independence to be gained from utilising effective telecare options. GPS personal locator devices and other such devices can help to reassure you when venturing out that you can be located should you have an accident.
If you are currently active and venture outside regularly, but suffer from a medical condition or mental health issues and worry about being identifiable should a situation occur, you can also consider a OneCall wristband which provides a lifesaving identification service.
Stay connected: Although many of us tend to stay at home more during January following the festive period, it’s important to stay connected. Loneliness can affect many people of the older generation, especially following Christmas where the elderly may have spent time with family or friends. The subject has been particularly prevalent recently as Good Morning Britain launched their one million minutes campaign to encourage people to spend time with lonely people in their communities.
If you are fortunate enough to have neighbours or family close by, it’s important to ensure they feel confident and assured when they cannot be around if you are prone to falls or accidents. A pendant and base unit can help with this, or you can also opt for environmental sensors that detect smoke, gas and flooding.
Make use of new technologies: Sometimes new technologies can be intimidating, but taking advantage of new developments can have a positive impact on your day to day wellbeing. The key is not to be afraid to find out how it could benefit you or a loved one. Welbeing offers a range of telecare options, and our friendly team are always more than happy to answer your queries- no matter how many questions you may have. After all, we know better than anyone the positive impact having a monitoring service available 365 days a year can have for the elderly and those suffering from health conditions.
If you would like to find out more about telecare or ask our team to find the best telecare option for you, please contact our experts today.