Make a plan – It’s a great idea to make a plan in case you are unwell, have an accident, or if there is an emergency. Ask your practice nurse to help you. Any situation is more manageable of you have a plan in place.
Your plan could include things such as:
- Having a flu injection
- Making sure you do not run out of your usual medications – have a good stock on hand. Ask your nurse for a list of what medications you take and when, and keep this with your medications.
- Ask the nurse for a list of your illnesses, allergies and medications so you have them on hand if you go to hospital or are away.
- Get to know your neighbours and ask them to check on you if you are unwell or they don’t see you during the day.
- Give a spare key to a neighbour or family member you can trust.
- Have a list of important numbers, including neighbours, friends and family as well as an emergency contact.
- Have a stock of food and water at home in case you are cut off from your family and friends.
Keep yourself safe and happy at home:
- Keep your home warm, cosy and dry. A warm dry home will help keep you in good health over the cold winter months.
- Seek medical help early if you become unwell
- Get out and about meeting people and having fun as much as you can. Being social means that you will feel happier and less isolated in yourself.
- There are lots of places you can go to for outings even if you don’t know many people e.g. church groups, Age Concern, housie etc.
- Surround yourself with people who care about you. If you do feel alone, we have some suggestions on our feeling alone page that can help you.
- Eat healthy meals, plenty of fresh fruit and veges and lean proteins. If you are struggling to cook for yourself look into pre made frozen meals from eg meals on wheels, PJ meals, RSA , EAT. Talk to your practice nurse for advice on this.
- Have rails installed inside and out if you are getting unsteady on your feet
- Have important contact numbers preset into your phone, if you fall and are in shock you may not be able to remember phone numbers like you usually can. Consider a cordless phone for when outside or in the bathroom.
- Be careful when answering the door; if you are not certain who the person is do not open the door. Ask for identification if you are worried.
- If you are struggling financially or are not managing at home talk to your doctor or practice nurse