If you have an older friend or relative close to you, this Winter Wrapped Up guide may help them prepare for the winter season.
There are some simple things you can do to support older people through the cold weather:
- Call or visit more often if the cold weather stops your friend or family member from getting out and about. This can help keep their spirits up and make them feel less isolated.
- Make sure they have basic food items in the cupboard or freezer in case it’s too cold to go shopping.
- Pick up prescriptions if it’s too cold for them to go out, or find out if their local pharmacy offers a prescription pick-up and delivery service.
- Help to prevent falls – bring round a mixture of salt and sand for putting on steps or paths in icy weather. Some councils provide free bags of the mix, otherwise try a local DIY store.
- Make sure they keep warm. Their main living room should be heated to 70F/21C, and the rest of the house heated to at least 64F/18C. Low temperatures increase the risk of flu and other respiratory problems and can raise blood pressure.
- Encourage them to get a benefits check to make sure they’re claiming everything they’re eligible for. To find out more about eligibility for Winter Fuel Payments Click Here.
Download our Winter Wrapped Up Guide to find out more ways to help someone stay warm and well.
Source: Age UK