Keep warm, keep well
Posted on:12 December 2019
During episodes of very bad weather, it’s important not just to take care of our own welfare, but also to think of others who may need additional help. Cold homes have a significant impact on people’s health. One of the best ways of keeping yourself well during winter is to stay warm.
- Fight flu – Don’t put off getting the flu vaccination. If you’re eligible get it now. It’s free because you need it
- Keep your home warm – If you have reduced mobility, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, you should heat your home to at least 18C
- Eat well in winter – Have regular hot drinks and eat at least one hot meal a day if possible. Eating regularly helps keep energy levels up during winter.
- Stay active – Keep as active in your home as possible
- Wear warm clothes – Wear several light layers of warm clothes and wear shoes with a good grip to prevent slips
- Help your neighbours in winter – Check on older neighbours or relatives to make sure they’re safe and well. Make sure they’re warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don’t need to go out during very cold weather. If you’re worried about a relative or an elderly neighbour, contact your local council or ring the Age UK helpline on 0800 00 99 66
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