The Met office has issued a weather warning for cold weather in parts of the country:
“6 December 2017: The Met Office has forecast a high probability of severe cold weather / icy conditions / heavy snow between Thursday 7 December and Thursday 14 December in parts of England. This weather could increase the risks to older people.”
With the snow now falling and the roads becoming icier it is important to stay warm and keep healthy at home. As we get older, our bodies can become more susceptible to the colder weather. The Cherished Care Home Care Team will help support you in your own home this winter. Cold temperatures can raise blood pressure and increase the risk of flu and other lung-related problems. Our blood pressure takes longer to return to normal, and this can put you at greater risk of a heart attack or stroke. That’s why it’s so important to look after yourself in the winter.
Here are some more ideas and guidance to help stay warm this winter:
- Keep moving. Staying active can help keep you both healthy and warm
- Layer up. Putting more layers of clothes on can help to keep you warm. You might even like to have a hot water bottle and a blanket.
- Eat and drink well. Hot meals and drinks help to keep you warm, so eat at least one hot meal each day and have hot drinks throughout the day. Having a hot drink before bed and keeping one in a flask by your bedside are good ideas too.
- Service your heating system. There is nothing worse than your heating packing up in the winter. Get your heating system serviced every year by a qualified professional to ensure it’s running safely.
- Keep emergency numbers nearby. Keep a list of emergency numbers, such as your utility companies, by your phone. If there is a power cut, call the 105 electricity helpline. This helpline can give you more information about when your electricity is likely to come back on.
Cherished Care Services provides home care to people as they get older in Wilmslow, Alderley Edge and Handforth. At every call, the team will ensure you have drinks available, will offer you a meal and generally ensure you are safe.
You can find more advice about keeping wrapped up for winter from the Age Uk website here