Cold snap is snow joke for older people living alone
Advice from GPs on staying well this winter as the temperature drops.
Following a severe cold weather warning for ice, wind and snow this weekend from the Met Office, GPs at Bradford City, Bradford District and Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are urging people to take extra care.
Winter sees a significant number of injuries and illnesses due to the cold weather, snow and ice, with older people being especially vulnerable. GPs are recommending a number of steps you should take to ensure you stay well this winter during this weekend’s cold snap:
- only go out in severe weather if you journey is absolutely necessary
- if you are going outside, make sure you wrap up well (don’t forget your hat and scarf) and wear sturdy, flat, sensible shoes with good grip
- for those in a wheelchair make sure you add an extra layer
- take in lots of hot drinks and meals like stews and soups
- keep your living room at 70°F (21°C) if you can
- keep your bedroom at 65°F (18°C) if you can
- keep your curtains open in the day and closed at night
If the weather means you can’t get out and about, speak to friends, family and neighbours to see if they can help you out. Similarly, if you know a vulnerable older person living alone, make sure to stop by for a cup of tea and see if there’s any shopping they need while the weather is bad.