In recent weeks we have been experiencing bitter weather conditions with the NHS issuing cold weather alerts. With the cold weather continuing for the foreseeable future Home Instead Senior Care says now is the time to brush up on the cold weather safety tips.
Mike Colvin, Owner of Home Instead East Hampshire who provide companionship and home help services to the elderly in their own homes believes it is crucial that we make sure the elderly within our community are made aware of the simple ways in which they can stay safe and warm throughout the winter season. Not only does it pose a health risk but the fear of falling on icy streets can keep people in their homes and therefore increases the risk of isolation and loneliness. It is our duty as a home care provider in Hampshire to make it a priority as part of our duty of care.
We are urging our carers, their friends and family members to take the time to look in on loved ones and elderly neighbours to make sure they are safe and warm in their own homes. To assist in this process and also share with others are a few tips to deal with these cold weather conditions:
- Wear several thin layers of clothes, instead of one thick layer. The warmth from your body is trapped in air pockets formed between each layer.
- Keep a throw or blanket handy to cover your feet or shoulders. A fleece material is particularly effective as it is incredibly warm but lightweight and less bulky than other materials.
- Wear fleece 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 between each room.
- Eat at least one hot meal a day. Soup is warming, extremely nutritious and inexpensive to make.
- It is important to be prepared in case of an emergency. Make arrangements for assistance in case of a power outage. Keep important numbers in an emergency kit, along with non-perishable foods, water and medications.
- If you are cold at night try sleeping in socks, go to bed with a hot water bottle and keep a flask with a hot drink beside the bed.
- If you are heading outside wrap up warm, with special attention to your head, fingers and mouth.
- Be sure to keep in contact with friends and family, whether it’s a phone call or popping round.
- Take a couple of minutes each day to stretch your limbs to loosen muscles.
- Stay inside – make arrangements for someone to shovel and salt your driveways and walkways nearby.
- Wear shoes or boots with a non-skid sole.
- Have handrails installed on outside walls for frequently used walkways.
- If you use a cane or walker, check the rubber tips to make sure they are not worn smooth.
As a care provider with clients scattered across East Hampshire, Home Instead Senior Care have made this a priority whilst the cold spell remains a feature of our current weather.
We hope you find these tips useful and if so please share them with your older neighbours and loved ones and remember to wrap up warm. If you have your own tips please get in touch as we would love to hear from you!