The benefit to an elderly person’s wellbeing of continuing to live in their own home cannot be overstated. That said, there are many safety considerations that need to be addressed in order to facilitate this without risking their health or safety. The presence of a live-in carer can mitigate many of these risks, because they are trained in home safety as well as personal care.
Winter has firmly set in, with the mercury dropping below 0°C for the first time in January. Here's why this can be a lonely, frightening time for elderly people, including increased risks of becoming ill or injured, and how to minimise these risks.
Around 24% of elderly people, equivalent to around 2.7 million individuals, have expressed concern that the Christmas period will heighten their sense of loneliness, a new report from charity Age UK has found.