Prevent winter illness
The elderly and disabled are at a higher risk of complications from winter illness, such as:
When we’re caring for people it is important to look after ourselves and those we are caring for. Here are some tips on preventing winter illnesses:
1. Get a flu vaccination.
2. Keep hygiene up by
3. Exercise – 30- 60 minutes at least three times a week.
Guidelines on when to and when not to exercise.
4. Eat a healthy diet – have three meals a day that includes dairy, fruit, vegetables, protein, and
5. Drink plenty of fluids – eight cups plus a day.
6. Get fresh air though your house regularly - open curtains during daylight hours and windows for
a short period during the day.
7. Keep your house dry and warm - heat your home to at least 18 °C. Avoid using gas heaters and
drying your washing inside.
8. Ensure your vitamin D levels are good - get outside in the sun for up to 15 minutes a day, eat
vitamin rich foods or discuss supplements with your Doctor.
9. Get 8 -10 hours regular sleep - the body does most of its healing and maintenance while we
10. Keep up your social life. Spending time with family and friends is good for your health.
11. If you do get sick - stay at home and seek medical attention if required.
If anyone gets sick
While there’s not much you can do to reverse a cold or flu there is evidence you can shorten the duration and severity by: