As we sit here the Hail is lashing down outside, the NHS has issued a cold weather alert with dangerous winter weather forecast, now might be the time for us to brush up on cold weather safety tips.
Cold weather can be a great worry to the elderly. Not only does it pose health risks, but by trying to avoid the cold weather coupled with the fear of falling on icy streets, the cold can keep seniors isolated in their own homes.
Keeping warm is so important yet many people are understandably concerned by the cost of heating their homes. We are urging people across the country to check in on their neighbours, to ensure they are warm and safe.
Here are a few tips for cold Staying Warm.
- Wear thin layers of clothes, instead of one thick layer. The warmth from your body is trapped in air pockets formed between each layer.
- Wear a hat
- Keep a blanket handy to cover your feet or shoulders. Fleece is an effective textile as it is incredibly warm but lightweight.
- Wear slippers around the house to keep your feet warm.
- If you can’t heat all your rooms, make sure you keep your living room warm and heat your bedroom before going to bed.
- Close curtains to keep draughts out and keep doors closed throughout the house.
- Eat at least 1 hot meal a day. Soup is warming, nutritious and inexpensive.
- Cold at night try sleeping in socks, go to bed with a microwavable wheat bag.
- Take a couple of minutes each day to do some armchair exercises.
- Keep hydrated, hot water not too much tea and coffee as these can dehydrate.
- Make arrangements for someone to shovel and salt your driveways.
- Wear shoes or boots with a non-skid sole.
- Have handrails installed on outside walls .
- If you use a walking stick, check the rubber tips make sure they are not worn smooth.
Winter weather takes its toll on everyone, especially seniors. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) impacts emotional health.
Some signs to recognise SAD include: a loss of energy, an increased appetite and an enhanced feeling of lethargy and tiredness.
Remember to wrap up warm and if you have your own tips please get in touch!
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