Here are a few helpful hints to prepare you or your loved ones for this coming winter:
- Service your boiler to make sure it’s safe and will be robust for colder temperatures.
- Make sure tanks and pipes are lagged and your doors, windows and loft are insulated.
- Ensure all radiators in the house are working fully, if not it may be worth getting them ‘bled’ before the turn in temperature.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working correctly.
- Fit a carbon monoxide detector if you don’t have one.
- Make sure you know where the mains ‘STOP’ valve is, so that you can turn it off in case of an emergency.
- Check that electric fires are properly guarded.
- Check that wires and flexes on electrical appliances (especially electric blankets) are undamaged and adapters are not overlooked.
- Don’t forget to stock your cupboards and freezer with basic foods in case it’s too cold, or adverse weather conditions mean you are unable to go shopping.
In my experience, elderly and vulnerable people can often feel isolated and lonely. This is more prevalent during the festive season. If there is someone in your street or local area that may benefit from a few minutes of human contact, spare them a moment of your time. It could really brighten up someone’s day to know someone cares.
Keep in mind these 8 points.
- Keep moving
- Eat and drink well
- Have flu jab every year – The flu is not only unpleasant, it can also develop into something more serious, such as pneumonia. Flu viruses are constantly changing so it’s important to get your jab every year.
- Check you’ve had the ‘pneumo’ jab (The ‘pneumo’ (or pneumococcal) jab is a one-off jab that helps protect you against pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia (a type of blood poisoning). If you’re over 65 and haven’t had one, ask your GP.
- Keep your hands clean
- Protect yourself from chilblains
- Organise your medications
- Keep your spirits up
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.
If you are looking for care or support for a family member, a friend or for yourself then please get in touch with us. Our experienced team will be happy to talk with you.
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