Now that winter is upon us; the cold weather makes us more susceptible to certain illnesses. Follow these tips to stay safe and keep warm indoors and out:

  • Several thin layers of clothing will keep you warmer than one thick layer, as the layers trap warm air.
  • Clothes made from wool or fleecy synthetic fibres such as polyester are a better choice than cotton.
  • Start with thermal underwear, warm tights or socks.
  • Have warming foods and drinks; have regular hot drinks and food such as porridge, soups and stews
  • Stay active to boost your circulation. 
  • Move around at least once an hour and avoid sitting still for long periods
  • Check local news and weather forecasts for advice when cold weather is predicted Keep a torch handy in case you lose power (never use candles) Keep your devices charged, so you can use the battery power if there is no electricity

In addition to the above, it is worth making sure that your 24-hour emergency alarm is working in case the power does go off. Your alarm cords and pendant (if you have one) should be tested every six months by your independent living co-ordinator. If you wish to test it sooner, please speak to them, and they will be happy to test them while you are in the property. Please stay safe and warm this winter.