It’s common for people to experience a drop in mood alongside a drop in temperature. Stanfield Nursing Home is a specialist dementia care home dedicated to providing the best quality care. Therefore, we want to share our top dementia caregiver advice in winter.
1. Keep up the heat!
This is a given for caregiver advice in winter. Caregivers need to ensure that loved ones are appropriately dressed for the temperature. Especially in cases where people who live with dementia may not always remember to dress for the cold.
Make sure to find a balanced temperature in the environment and to accommodate with layers where necessary. Use hats, scarves and blankets to add that extra bit of warmth.
2. Plan your activities
Winter weather can bring your mood down and make you feel more lethargic than normal. Because of this, you might want to rethink the activities you’ve got planned for people you care for.
This might not be the first thing you think of when planning for winter weather. But things like switching out gardening for chair-based exercise can help you stay warm and active during down months!
After all, staying active is important for preserving cognitive function, boosting circulation, and controlling inflammation, all of which are key to managing the progress and symptoms of dementia.
3. Maintain safety outdoors
Changing your care home activities schedule is not to say you should cut out outdoor activities altogether. Getting regular fresh air promotes good mental health, lowers blood pressure and strengthens your immune system.
In the same way you would keep loved ones warm indoors, wrap up extra tight for outdoors! At Stanfield Nursing Home, we have a dementia sensory garden. This involves a colourful and interactive environment that allows people to experience a range of sounds, smells and sights.
For such an important part of our specialist dementia care, we want to make sure the people we care for can still visit in colder months. So grab those winter boots, gloves and hats and keep enjoying the wonderful outdoors.
Contacting Stanfield Nursing Home for Dementia Carer Advice
If you would like to learn more about the specialist dementia care we provide at Stanfield Nursing Home, please visit our website today. Alternatively, you can call 01905 420 459 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team. You can also check out our social media for daily updates.
If you have found this useful, you may wish to read our blog about Understanding Dementia.