Snow showers continue to fall and cause disruption. A warning for ice has been issued and tonight it’s predicted to be the coldest night of Winter so far with temperatures falling below zero! Temperatures this week are lower than usual for this time of year. The widespread frost and ice can be dangerous leading to potential slips and falls. The NHS see an increased demand and particularly from older and vulnerable people. Cold weather can exacerbate existing health issues such as a risk of stroke, heart attack and hypothermia.
Useful tips for Winter
Home safety- check they’re getting the support they need. Eliminate fall risks and free from trip hazards
Essentials- eat and drink well. Enjoy hot food to keep warm, wear layers to keep warmer. Keep hands and feet warm and this will help keep your body warm. Wear socks and keep your feet dry. Use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to stay warm.
Active- keep moving. Moving generates heat. Gentle exercise and social activities, being mindful when out and about. The ground is very slippery, the ice and snow can seriously increase your risk of falls. Wear gloves and a hat to stay well insulated.
Temperature- homes should be heated to a minimum of 18 degrees.
It’s advised that older people should try and avoid going out in very cold weather. The ice, snow and freezing temperatures can pose a serious health hazard but in addition can lead to feeling isolated and suffer poor mental health.
Our carers continue to support clients at home and build a relationship of trust. We give families peace of mind that their loved ones are well cared for at home.