Keep Warm and Well!

Although the weather at the start of 2019 is mild for winter-time, it is important to be prepared for the cold! The NHS and Age UK offer advice to the elderly and other vulnerable adults.


  • Check up on older neighbours and relatives, and those with heart or respiratory (breathing) problems, to make sure they:
  • are safe and well
  • are warm enough, especially at night
  • have stocks of food and medicines so they don't need to go out during very cold weather

TOP TIPS for Keeping Well and Warm, from the NHS:


1. Keep warm.
Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F). You may prefer your main living room to be slightly warmer. Keep your bedroom window closed on a winter’s night. Breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.

2. 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.



3. Look after yourself
• Get your free flu jab if you are aged 65 or over, live in a residential or nursing home, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person. The NHS website provides information about flu. Visit www.nhs.uk/flu to learn more. 
• Don’t delay in getting treatment for minor winter ailments like colds or sore throats. Visit your local pharmacist for advice on treatment before it gets worse so you can recover quicker. 
• Layer your clothing whether you are indoors or outside. Wrap a scarf around your mouth to protect your lungs from the cold air. 
• Wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside. 
• When you’re indoors, try not to sit still for more than an hour or so. Get up, stretch your legs and make yourself a warm drink.

4. Check home appliances.
Have your heating and cooking appliances checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer to make sure they are operating safely. 
• Contact your water and power suppliers to see if you can be on the Priority Services Register.



For more winter wellness tips visit www.nhs.uk/keepwarmkeepwell or visit Age UK’s website www.ageuk.org.uk/winterprep or call 0800 587 0668.


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