Winter can be a difficult time for the elderly and we would ask all our customers to pop in and see that any elderly neighbours are coping well, especially when the weather is getting colder.
OFTEC has prepared some tips for the cold weather so if you know anyone that could benefit please print this out and give it to them, or pass it on by any other means.
Here are some things you can do to stay safe and ward off the winter chills.
- Check your heating system – see following pages.
- Keep simple cold, flu and sore throat remedies in the house.
- Follow up your GP’s invitation to have a flu jab.
- Order repeat prescriptions in plenty of time, particularly if bad weather is forecast.
- Ask your local pharmacy if they offer a prescription pick-up and delivery service.
- Dress in plenty of layers and make sure that you have some warm shoes or boots with non-slip soles.
- Eat healthily and keep as active as possible.
- Keep basic food items in the cupboard or freezer in case it’s too cold to go shopping.
- Keep a mixture of salt and sand handy to put on steps or paths in icy weather.
- Consider fitting a grab rail if you have steps at your front or back door.
- If you have difficulty getting out and about, ask your family, neighbours or friends if they could call or visit you more often if a period of cold weather prevents you from going out.