Warm and Well
Follow these tips to keep
you and your family warm and well in extremely cold
During the current severe weather conditions
we are doing everything possible to maintain the services we
provide to vulnerable people, however there may be delays in your
carer arriving, but we will make contact with you or your family to
If you have any concerns about your care or
someone you care for please contact us on 01234 267422 during
office hours or 0300 3008123 outside those hours.
To keep warm and well during periods
of cold weather:
- Keep curtains drawn and doors closed to block out
- Have regular hot drinks and at least one hot meal a day if
possible. Eating regularly helps keep energy levels up during
- Wear several light layers of warm clothes (rather than one
- Keep as active as possible.
- Wrap up warm if you need to go outside on cold days.
- Keep you main living room at around 18-21°C (64-70°F), and the
rest of the house at least 16°C (61°F). If you can’t heat all the
rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and the bedroom
just before you go to sleep.
Icy pavements and roads can be very slippery.
Take extra care if you go out and wear boots or shoes with a good
grip on the soles. The Met Office advises putting grit or cat
litter on paths and driveways to lessen the risk of slipping. It
adds that you should wait until the roads have been gritted if
you're travelling by car. The Highways Agency offers useful advice
on travelling in snow and freezing conditions, at http://www.highways.gov.uk/
Bear in mind that black ice on pavements or
roads might not be clearly visible, and that compacted snow may
turn to ice and become slippery.
Look out for others:
Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours
who may be more vulnerable to cold weather. Cold weather is
especially dangerous for older people or people with serious
illnesses, so please check up on them if you can.
People with heart or respiratory (breathing)
problems may have worse symptoms during a cold spell and for
several days after temperatures return to normal.