As temperatures plummet and we are waking to frost and snow in some areas we share our tips for the elderly members of our community.
How to keep warm
- Wear several thin layers of clothes, instead of one thick layer.
- Keep a throw or blanket handy to cover your feet or shoulders.
- Wear fleece slippers around the house.
- If you can’t heat all your rooms, make sure you keep your living room warm and heat your bedroom before going to bed.
- Close curtains to keep draughts out and keep doors closed between each room.
- Eat at least one hot meal a day. Soup is warming, nutritious and easy to prepare.
- If you are cold at night try sleeping in socks, put extra blankets on the bed and use a “hottie” that can be warmed in the microwave. Be careful of hot water bottles as they are a burn risk.
- Take a couple of minutes each day to stretch your limbs to loosen muscles.
- Stay inside when conditions are very slippery – make arrangements for someone to salt your driveways and pathways nearby.
- Wear shoes or boots with a non-skid sole.
- Have handrails installed on outside walls for frequently used walkways.
- If you use a cane or walker, check the rubber tips to make sure they are not worn smooth.
- Try to avoid going out alone
- If you are heading outside wrap up warm, with special attention to your head, fingers and mouth.