Keep Seniors Safe & Warm during the Winter Months

Winter is coming

Advice – Stay Safe

Our Tips for the Winter Months

 

Heat your home to at least 21 degrees. If you are unsure or unable to change your heating settings, ask a carer or a family or friend who visits.

The most important rooms to heat are the living room and bedroom. 

It’s important that you have had your health checks and had the Flu jab. Seek support from your local surgery if you haven’t already done this.

It’s important to keep up to date with the weather forecasts so you can plan any provisions you may need. Don’t risk going out the home in icy conditions.

Ask a neighbour if they would mind picking you up local provisions. Such as milk and bread.

Eat regular hot meals, and drink plenty of warm drinks. Stay hydrated even in the warmer months. To prevent any risk of infection. Eating burns calories thus keeping you warm.

Extra fruit and vegetables have essential vitamins and nutrients to ensure you stay healthy. 

If you cannot access the shops, maybe for this period order meals on wheels or Wiltshire farm foods.

It’s important to wear lots of layers rather than one thick layer. Ensure you have your winter clothes available.

If you do access the community, ensure you are wearing non-slip appropriate footwear not slippers. This will minimise the risk of a fall.

Avoid rushing routines to minimise falling when outside.

If you have a driveway or step to access the property place salt down to prevent slipping. Ensure you have a torch with you.

 Dress appropriately for the weather, ensure you have gloves, hats and scarfs in a bag in the event the weather worsens if you are out.

 Draw the curtains at dusk to generate heat inside your rooms.

 Ensure your radiators are not obstructed by curtains or furniture.

 Ask for help if you need it, if you have carers and need anything call them. Don’t put yourself at risk.

 In the winter, bed socks and thermal underwear will help you keep warm.

Ensure you have a cosy blanket to hand.

 If you have a fire, ensure it is maintained and monitored to prevent risk of fire. Ask for help with this. Add this to your care plan for your carers to check if you receive care.

 Check your smoke alarms. The local fire service can support you with this.

 Long periods of activity will leave you feeling cold, keep moving. This is good exercise too. If you struggle to mobilise keep moving your fingers and toes.

How will I know if help is needed?

Seek help from a GP or contact NHS 111 if someone is feeling unwell and shows symptoms of:

breathlessness

chest pain

confusion

shaking

weakness

dizziness

cramps which get worse or don’t go away

Any symptoms

Get the person immediate medical support.

Wright Care at Home

Tel: 01780 489227

www.wrightcareathome.com

info@wrightcareathome.com

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