Essential cold weather planning for elderly

The winter is upon us and we want to ensure older people stay fit and well. Read our helpful guide to help you parent through the winter healthily

Get your flu jab

This is especially important if you are:

  • are aged 65 or older
  • have a serious medical condition such as chronic heart, lung, neurological, liver or kidney disease or diabetes
  • have a weakened immune system due to HIV or treatments which suppress the immune system, such as chemotherapy
  • have had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or post-polio syndrome
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill

Contact your GP or pharmacist if you think you, or someone you care for, might qualify for a free flu jab

 Keep the home warm:

  • living room should be 21°C (70°F), and  bedroom and the rest of the house heated to 18°C (65°F)
  • Above this and you may waste money, but critically, below this you may risk your health
  • if you can’t afford to heat all the rooms you use, just heat the living room during the day and the bedroom just before you go to bed
  • get the heating system and cooking appliances checked and keep the home well ventilated
  • use an electric blanket as instructed and get it tested every three years. Never use a hot water bottle with an electric blanket
  • do not use a gas cooker or oven to heat the home, as it is inefficient and there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and this can kill

make sure you have a supply of heating oil or LPG or sold fuel if you are not on mains gas or electricity, so you don’t run out
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