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10 Top Tips

10 Top Tips

1. Be Prepared - listen to weather forecasts and get prepared especially for bad weather.

2. Look after yourself and others - On cold days try to avoid going outside; however, if you do need to, remember to wrap up warm and wear boots or shoes with good grip on the soles.

3. Keep warm - your main living room should be around 70°F (21°C), and the rest of your home heated to at least 64°F (18°C) if you are able to. Wool has excellent insulation properties both as clothing and to wrap around you in the form of a blanket for extra warmth.

4. Eat well - Food is a vital source of energy, which helps to keep your body warm. Try to make sure that you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day. Keep your cupboards stocked up with items such as long-life milk, tinned soup, meats, vegetables, ready cooked meals and bread.

5. Get a flu jab - You can get a free jab from your GP to protect against seasonal flu if you are over 65, have a long-term health condition, or as an unpaid carer.

6. Keep your medicine cabinet stocked up - Make sure you have enough prescription medicines before bad weather hits. Watch your local press or check the NHS website for information on which pharmacies are open.

7. Help to keep your mind active - doing puzzles, colouring, scrapbooking, reading or cooking all help to keep an agile mind. To help your body stay healthy, ensure you get up and move around, if you are able to, on a regular basis. Maybe do a little exercise – it is possible to do this even when sitting in a chair - it is good for circulation.

8. Have a list of useful or essential numbers to hand – you never know when you may need them.

9. Get financial support - There are grants, benefits and sources of advice available to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills. It is worthwhile claiming all the benefits you are entitled to (your local council will be able to help).

10. If you are concerned about anything - ask for help!

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