Our older residents are more affected by this present crisis than most. This page will include guidance and advice to help support our older residents.

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Keeping Well at Home

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Working with the University of Manchester we have produced a guide to help older people  keep well at home.

The guide The booklet is packed full of health and dietary advice, including a programme of standing and sitting strength and balance exercises.

It gives useful tips on keeping minds active, eating and drinking at home and safety.

Keeping Well at Home booklet

Keeping Well at Home booklet (for printing)

Creative Care Kit - Older People

Creative care kit, Keeping Well with Creativity front cover, Dots illustrating a woman's face with a hat on.

Creative Care Kits full of things for older people to do are being delivered to 16,000 older people across Greater Manchester. 

The kits contain a range of activities that can be completed at home.

Check out the activity booklet here

Staying Active

It is important for all of us, including older people, to stay active. It is great for both mental and physical health and helps to protect the body from infection and illness.

Before you start exercise

  • If you get any symptoms of a heart, kidney or metabolic condition contact your GP.
  • Clear away clutter
  • Keep something sturdy and solid nearby for support
  • Have a glass of water nearby.
  • Wear well-fitting and supportive shoes, and loose clothing
  • If you are exercising on your own, keep a telephone nearby, just in case.
  • Warm up

Strength and balance exercises

Here are just a couple of the many strength and balance older people can try at home to help keep steady on their feet.

Sideways step

  1. Stand with your feet together, knees slightly bent.
  2. Step sideways in a slow and controlled manner, moving one foot to the side first.
  3. Move the other to join it.

Perform 10 steps each way or step from one side of the room to the other.

Heel-to-toe walk

  1. Standing upright, place your right heel on the floor directly in front of your left toe.
  2. Then do the same with your left heel. Make sure you keep looking forward at all times. If necessary, put your fingers against a wall for stability.

Try to perform at least five steps. As you progress, move away from the wall.

Ways to keep active

Here are some ways to help you keep moving at home:

  • Cleaning
  • Dancing
  • Gardening
  • Going up/down stairs
  • Stretch or stand during TV advert breaks or after each chapter of your book,

More information

You can find more information including more strength and balance exercises in the Keeping Well at Home booklet which can be downloaded for free from Greater Sports (opens in a new tab)

Nutrition and hydration

What we eat and drink is really important for our health, it keeps our immune system strong and resilient as well as enabling us to have the energy to do the things we enjoy.

Planning for and preparing meals and cooking is also a good way to keep up our daily routine.

Tips on eating and drinking well

  • Enjoy your food. Try some new foods or go back to old favourites.
  • Have plenty of variety in your diet. This will give you all the nutrients you need and help you maintain a healthy weight.
  • Keep an eye on yourself. If you think you are eating less than usual or don’t have much appetite keep track of your weight or check if your clothes, are looser than usual.
  • Increase the amount of energy and protein you get. This will help if you have been losing weight without trying or have a low body weight. Also try eating little and often and using full-fat food and drinks.
  • Keeping your kitchen cupboard and freezer stocked. Think about how you will get your shopping – ask a neighbour, family member or Community Hub to help.
  • Make meal preparation easy. Make sure you have tasty and long-lasting foods, such as tinned soup and rice pudding in. These are always good to have in the cupboard for a fast snack.
  • Stay well hydrated. We need about 6-8 drinks per day to stay well hydrated. This reduces infections and improves concentration, energy and mood.
  • If you drink alcohol. It is recommended to not have more than 14 units (one unit is a half pint or a small glass of wine) a week, spread out, responsibly and safely.

More information:

  • Contact Age UK Salford on 0161 7887300 to request a nutrition and hydration resource pack to be sent through the post
  • For free booklets on eating and drinking well in later life, visit Age UK (opens in a new tab)

Mental health advice and support for older people

Our mind matters and keeping our mind active is important. We all need to think about our mind in the same way that we need to think about our bodies, especially in times of change.

Tips on keeping our mind well and active

Stay connected

  • Stay in touch with friends, family, neighbours, clubs, and your community by phone
  • Asking for help with shopping and running errands
  • Volunteer to get or become a phone befriender to others

Stay on top of difficult feelings and worries

  • Try to focus on things in your control
  • Limit how much news you watch or listen to and use trusted sources (BBC/ITV).
  • Take time to chat about how you’re feeling with others, it can really help.

Plan practical things

  • Keep up with usual everyday activities and interests at home.
  • Make a ‘to do list’ for each day: writing shopping lists, making calls, order repeat prescriptions.
  • Continue accessing treatment and support for health conditions from your GP.

Take time to notice and feel joy

  • Take time to focus on activities you enjoy at home.
  • Set yourself a goal, learn a new skill, or take on a challenge.
  • Take note of things that bring you joy and share with others

More information

How to get up after a fall

If you do have a fall, lie still for a minute, try to stay calm and check yourself for injuries. Even if you are unhurt, make sure that you tell a healthcare professional, family member or carer that you have fallen.

If you know you can’t get up, or feel pain in your hip or back

Try to call for help by using your phone or pendant or by banging on radiators or walls. Try to keep warm by covering yourself with whatever is close by and try and keep moving your limbs and roll from side to side if you are able to.

If you feel like you can bring yourself to get up and have no pain in your hip or back:

  1. Roll onto your side, and then push up onto your elbows.
  2. Use your arms to push yourself onto your hands and knees.
  3. Crawl towards a very stable piece of furniture (a sturdy chair or bed) and hold onto it for support.
  4. Slide or raise the foot of your stronger leg forwards so it’s flat on the floor.
  5. Lean forwards and push up using your arms and front leg, slowly rising to a standing position.
  6. Turn around and sit down. Sit for a minute or two and catch your breath.

More information

You can find more information in the Keeping Well at Home booklet which can be downloaded for free from Greater Sports (opens in a new tab)

Scams and fraud

More of us are spending increasing amounts of time online.

Although online services are making it easier for us to keep in touch with family and friends, as well as work from home, this increase in online activity also has its risks.

In the UK, the National Cyber Security Centre has detected a growing use of Covid-19 related themes being utilised by cyber criminals. This amplified online threat means that it is more important than ever for everyone to be more vigilant against fraud, particularly when it comes to sharing financial and personal information.

Tips on how to stay safe online

It is important to remember to Stop, Challenge, and Protect when being asked for your money or information:

  • Stop and think before parting with your money or information
  • Challenge whether the request could be fake and
  • Protect yourself by contacting your bank immediately if you think you have fallen for a scam

Remember if you are in doubt, call it out:

  • Please always refrain from clicking on any links contained within text messages.
  • If you suspect a spam text you can report it to your mobile network provider by forwarding it to 7726
  • To spot a phishing email look for urgent calls to action, generic addresses e.g. dear friend, poor quality images and spelling mistakes.
  • You can report any phishing or fraud attempts to Action Fraud via their website: police.uk or call 0300 123 2040

More information

Dementia

Living with dementia at any time brings everyday challenges for the person and those around them. Coronavirus is making daily life much harder. You may feel anxious, scared or lonely. But you are not alone – help is available.

Coping with your dementia

Activities

Set up different areas around your home so that you can move from activity to activity;

  • watch favourite films and musicals in the living room;
  • listen to the radio in the kitchen;
  • do jigsaw puzzles at the table;
  • take walks around the garden, if you can.

Wellbeing calls

Staying in contact with others, or having someone you can talk to is important. You can call the Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456.

Supporting someone with dementia at distance

Contact

  • If you know trusted neighbours or friends, ask them to pop a note through the door to offer help.
  • Look for community support groups in their area.
  • Help them set up ways to connect with you (phone, post, text, email or using systems such as Skype).

Support tasks

  • Look to help them as much online – including shopping for the essentials If they have difficulty getting a delivery slot, you can complete the NHS Volunteers scheme form to ask for groceries or medicine to be delivered at home.
  • Potential temporary access to the person’s bank account – would help with banking and paying for deliveries online. Talk to the bank because the person will need to complete a form, and have capacity to do this.

More information

You can call the Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456.

There’s a range of resources available from Dementia Untied (opens in a new tab)

Make movement your mission

Greater Sport has put together a range of resources to encourage safe and regular exercise at home.

GreaterSport resources for older adults - online resources (opens in a new tab)

Food and medical supplies

Community Hubs in each local authority coordinate support for those who do not have any other way of sourcing food and medical supplies. They are also helping vulnerable residents to access hardship grants.

You can find out more about support for residents and vulnerable people here

Age UK has put together some information about when and where you can get the essentials you need and whether you should be going out to do it at all (opens in a new tab)

Eating and drinking well 

Good Nutrition and Hydration during Covid-19 (opens in a new tab)

Mental health and wellbeing

Advice on how best to look after our mental health during Covid-19.

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (opens in a new tab)

Advice on wellbeing from Age UK (opens in a new tab)

People affected by Dementia

Dementia United has collated a range or resources from national organisations and those they work with across Greater Manchester (opens in a new tab)

Independent Age- Frequently asked questions

Independent Age has put together a series of Coronavirus FAQs for older adults based on the latest guidance provided by the government (opens in a new tab)

 


Article Published: 29/04/2020 17:04 PM