Stay Warm this Winter

Published: 22/05/2019

Older people, their families, friends and neighbours need to think WARMTH this winter to save lives.

OLDER people, their families, friends and neighbours need to think WARMTH this winter to save lives.
 
We love to talk about the weather in this country, but are often unaware of the real threat to life that our winters can cause for older and vulnerable people.
 
We are urging them to prepare for winter with the following simple guide to staying warm and safe.
 
Wrap Up indoors and outdoors. Wearing extra layers indoors can help you keep warm. If you need to go outside, sturdy shoes with good grip or attachable grips to wear over your shoes can help prevent falls, and an insulated waterproof coat will help keep you warm and dry.

Alert Keep an eye on the weather forecast and stock up with nutritious food and speak to your GP about medicine in advance of a cold snap. If you have vulnerable neighbours, try and check up on them during cold weather.

Risk Minimise the risk of falls or becoming ill by taking the weather into account when you plan activity. Plan ahead for the cold weather by talking to your GP about getting a flu jab, and talking to your neighbours about clearing snow in front of your home.

Money Winter bills can be very expensive. Make sure that you’re receiving all benefits you’re eligible for. In addition to the Winter Fuel Payments (helpline 0845 915 1515), if it gets very cold you could be entitled to additional Cold Weather Payments (helpline 0800 731 7898). www.gov.uk/browse/benefits/heating 

Temperature Keep your bedroom heated to 18°C (64°F) and your living room around 21°C (70°F). If you prefer to heat just your living room during the day, to keep you warm through the night try heating your bedroom just before you go to sleep.

Hot Meals One hot meal a day, and hot drinks throughout the day can help to keep you warm. Eating nutritious food regularly can help to keep up your energy levels and support your immune system in cold weather.