Whilst we are in the height of summer at the moment, it is a great time to start preparing t help the vulnerable and underprivileged section of your community to prepare for winter as the months draw on. Families that volunteer to give up their Christmas day make a valuable sacrifice in order to help those in need, but when the preparation starts a lot earlier, those who require care can be saved from a lot of suffering. The group who are often worst affected by the harsh winter months is the elderly and the infirm. Some of the steps that volunteers and the community can take now can help to prepare these people for the middle of winter:
Insulation and Heating
One of the worst problems for the elderly during winter is the intrusive cold that can get into the house and take away their comfort and security. The government provides a heating allowance for those in need, but every step that can be taken to help this allowance to stretch further will do a lot to help. This also about creating a cosy atmosphere so that the residents can feel relaxed and warm. Proper insulation and efficient heating can provide the elderly respite in their own home because they feel the cold particularly harshly. For residents living in London, getting your boiler regularly checked can help to greatly improve the efficiency and long term life of a boiler or gas heater. Not only will this help to reduce the expense of heating the home, but it will also catch any functional problems early before a disastrous accident like the boiler breaking down completely.
Getting Out in the Nice Weather
It may sound simple, but it is very important for elderly patients to get out as much as possible and to stay active. This is much more difficult to achieve in the cold wind and harsh weather, so whilst the weather is still nice, it can be really helpful to volunteer for taking patients out on day trips or short journeys out. Walks and light activity can be of great benefit to their overall strength as well as their well-being and easing into this sort of activity in the warm weather makes it much easier when winter rolls around.
Shopping with a Seasonal Diet
A great service for the elderly is shopping delivery, which can be done by companies and large supermarkets but is much more personal when it is done by a volunteer or a relative. Diet is such a crucial aspect of well-being that it can be very positive to discuss and experiment with seasonal fruit and vegetables in the summer whilst there are so many berries and fruits that are in high season. Rather than simply delivering food, volunteers that are experienced enough to discuss food and dietary options as well as even cook with elderly patients can help to greatly improve the dietary habits and the strength of patients. Shopping by season can give you a great diet as well as a enjoyable day out round local markets.
Taking the time to volunteer for the elderly in the summer can be extremely valuable preparation for the winter when they are most vulnerable and can help to avoid a lot of the problems that can arise from the harsh conditions. This type of prevention makes the job much easier as well as enjoyable for volunteers and patients.