Keeping warm tips for the Elderly

Keep yourself warm this winter;

  • Wear several thin layers, rather than one thick layer. This is because they trap warm air close to the body, woolly clothes or thermal clothes are ideal.
  • A lot of heat is lost through the head and neck, so if you’re chilly indoors, try wearing a hat and scarf.
  • For those cold toes, remember to put thick socks on and preferably slippers too. 
  • Draw your curtains, as soon as it gets dark to stop the heat escaping and the draughts coming in.
  • Don’t stand outside for long periods of time, as you can quickly get a chill.
  • Use hot water bottles or electric blankets to warm the bed, however never use them together as this can be dangerous.  Always read the instructions when using electrical goods
  • If you’re sitting down, a shawl or blanket will provide extra warmth. You should also try to keep your feet up, because air is cooler at ground level.
  • Wear warm clothes in bed. When it’s really cold, wear thermal underwear, bed socks and even a hat.

Ward off those winter chills in the home;

  • Have your heating system serviced and chimney swept regularly. 
  • Check your water stopcock is working properly.
  • Always check the local weather forecast so you can prepare accordingly. 
  • Get a keyhole cover – it should only cost a couple of pounds and will help keep the draughts out in cold weather.
  • Keep doors and windows closed in cold weather to keep the heat in, use draft excluders to stop cold air flowing through your home, these can be bought on your local high street.
  • You could fit a grab rail to outdoor areas for support in case of Icy surfaces.  Fitting them to where you have external steps would be ideal. 
  • Fit thermal linings to your curtains if you can – this will also help to keep the heat in.
  • Check out the benefits and grants available to help with insulation and energy efficiency, such as cavity wall insulation.

To find out more follow the links provided below:

http://www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/spread-the-warmth/tips-on-keeping-warm-this-winter/

 http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/Pages/Verycoldweather.aspx

Source: Ageuk.org and nhs.uk

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