Providing care during the colder evenings comes with its own set of challenges. Here are some considerations for providing care during this time.
Be mindful of slippery leaves and sidewalks. It may be worth getting a pair of water proof shoes for the season. Keep pathways clear of fallen leaves to prevent accidents. If you’re driving, be cautious of wet and leaf-covered roads.
Autumn is also the start of flu season in many places. Consider getting a flu vaccination to protect yourself and others from the flu virus. This is important if you or someone in your house has a weakened immune system.
Some people experience a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the fall and winter due to reduced sunlight. If you find that your mood is affected, consider getting more exposure to natural light, and talk to a healthcare professional if needed.
Some people experience allergies in the fall due to ragweed and mold spores. If you have allergies, be sure to take necessary precautions, such as taking antihistamines or avoiding outdoor activities during peak pollen times.
Before winter arrives, it’s a good time to organise some home maintenance, such as cleaning gutters, insulating windows, and checking your heating system.