With the winter months approaching, it’s crucial to ensure that our elderly loved ones stay warm and comfortable.
Take a look at these tips to help keep cosy and warm.
Keeping the elderly warm, particularly in the harsh winter months is important for their health and wellbeing. Take a look at our tips to help your loved ones this winter.
Try keeping a steady and comfortable temperature, preferably between 20 – 22°C, particularly in the rooms most used. To help keep energy costs down whilst staying warm, it can be a good idea to turn off the radiators in rooms that aren’t used and close the doors.
Check windows and doors for any drafts to make sure the heat stays in.
If you’re struggling with energy costs please take a look at Help with your energy bills: Overview – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) for any available help.
Wearing multiple layers of clothing is a great way to keep warm. When heading out more layers can be added.
Thermal underwear, sweaters, and fleece-lined clothing are all excellent choices.
Hats, gloves, scarves, and warm socks help to retain body heat.
Light exercises not only improve circulation but also generate body heat. Movement can include stretching, walking or even chair yoga.
Hot food and drinks can help keep you warm including soups, stews and herbal teas.
Nutritious options are the best however it’s better have something you fancy than not eating.
It’s also a good idea to keep stocked up in case the weather or illnesses prevents a visit to the shops.
It’s important to continue with any health check ups when possible especially those related to circulation or cold sensitivity.
Winter vaccinations also help protect those at higher risk over the winter months.
Find out more about the flu jab and who should have it.
If using a fireplace or any form of heaters it’s important to ensure they are in good condition, adequately ventilated and have regularly checks.
Electric blankets should be checked for any signs of wear or damage.
It’s essential to keep check on our elderly loved ones particularly in the winter months to ensure they remain comfortable and to help identify any issues that might arise.
Taking proactive steps to keep the elderly warm in winter not only ensure their comfort but also contributes to their overall health and wellbeing. By following these tips you can create a safe and cosy environment that allows your loved ones to enjoy the winter season.
Written on the 19th October 2023 by
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