How to support a loved one with dementia in the cold weather

Spring is fast approaching, but the unpredictable UK weather often brings us bitterly cold conditions in the upcoming months. According to Alzheimer’s Society, it can sometimes be difficult for a person with dementia to communicate that they’re cold, or they may not even realise themselves how cold they are. Below are MyLife Edinburgh’s top tips on how to support loved ones with dementia in the cold weather:

1. Keep them warm

A great way to support a loved one with dementia is to dress them in layers, including warm clothing and cosy socks. Those with dementia may not consistently remember to dress suitably for colder temperatures, so assisting them in selecting the appropriate clothing is essential. Make sure they have access to warm blankets and consider using a heating pad or electric blanket to provide extra warmth.

How to support a loved one with dementia in the cold weather.

2. Maintain a comfortable temperature indoors

Keep the heating set to a comfortable temperature to prevent your loved one from feeling too cold or too hot. Use space heaters or radiators to warm up specific areas if needed, but ensure they are used safely and monitored.

3. Prevent slips and falls

Clear pathways of any ice or snow to minimize the risk of falls. Use salt or sand to improve traction on slippery surfaces. Place non-slip mats or rugs near entrances and in areas they frequent, to provide additional stability.

4. Provide proper lighting

Adequate lighting is important for individuals with dementia, especially during the darker winter months. Make sure all areas of the home are well-lit, including hallways, staircases, and bathrooms. Consider using nightlights to prevent disorientation during night time.

5. Stay active

Support your loved one with dementia by engaging them in gentle indoor exercises or activities to keep them physically and mentally stimulated. Encourage activities like stretching, chair exercises, puzzles, or simple games that promote movement and cognitive function.

How to support a loved one with dementia

6. Offer warm beverages

Hot drinks like herbal tea, hot chocolate, or warm soups can provide comfort and hydration. Ensure the beverages are at a safe temperature and consider using spill-proof cups or mugs to prevent accidents.

7. Create a routine

Establishing a consistent daily routine can help individuals with dementia feel more secure and reduce confusion. Stick to regular meal times, exercise routines, and leisure activities to provide a sense of structure and familiarity.

8. Monitor their hydration

It’s essential to ensure your loved one stays hydrated, even in colder weather. Offer fluids regularly, including water, warm beverages, and soups. Consider using colourful cups to make drinking more appealing.

9. Check in frequently

Regular visits or phone calls can combat feelings of isolation and provide emotional support. Stay connected with your loved one, especially during colder months when they may spend more time indoors. Engage in meaningful conversations and activities to maintain social connections.

10. Seek support

Our carers compassionate approach and focus on maintaining independence and dignity make us a trusted choice for families seeking care for your loved ones with dementia. We are here to provide the support and care your loved one deserves.

At MyLife Edinburgh, we offer high-quality Private Home Care Services. We are dedicated to providing the best private home care and support service to our clients, as well as offering support to families, ensuring everyone is a part of the care package. With a team of dedicated professionals, we provide personalised care plans tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual. From assistance with daily activities to emotional support, MyLife Edinburgh is committed to enhancing the quality of life for those living with dementia.

If you are interested in receiving dementia support, contact Sue Judge our Business Development Manager

Email: sjudge@mylifeedinburgh.co.uk

Mob: 07584 884097 / Tel: 0131 603 4449

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