Newark and Sherwood Homes Limited
Kelham Hall, Kelham
Newark On Trent,
Notts, NG23 5QX
Tel: 0845 258 5550

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Keeping Warm in Winter

Winter is upon us and along with it brings us increased risks to our health.
We always aim to make older and vulnerable people aware of the increased risks and have welcomed advice from The Department of Health to pass on to you.

The advice falls into three parts:
• Keeping yourself warm and well
• Keep your house warm
• Paying your fuel bills

Keeping yourself warm and well
• If you are over 65 and haven’t yet had your flu jab, contact your doctor as it is free for you. This is also the case if you suffer with heart disease, diabetes or chronic asthma, also if you are taking any medicines that could reduce your immunity. If in doubt contact your doctor.
• Wear the right sort of clothes - several thin layers are better than one woolly jumper and natural fibres like cotton or wool are the best. Your body always cools as you sleep so for the really cold nights consider some thermal underwear for under your pyjamas and even a woolly hat and socks!
• Fleecy insoles for your shoes or boots when you go out will keep your feet warm and try to stick to flat footwear with textured soles so as not to slip when it’s icy.
• Try and make sure that you have at least one hot meal every day and have hot drinks regularly with one just before bedtime.
• Try and keep a stock of food in the house so that you don’t have to go out every day in case of very bad weather.
• Another way to keep warm is to move around more - instead of sitting on your own why not join one of the “Movement To Music” classes in the community centres. Lots of fun and it will help you to keep warm and well.

Keeping your house warm
• Make sure you know how to set your central heating controls or restart the system after a power cut. If you need any help with this contact us on 0845 258 5550 or ask at the surgery in your local community centre.
• Try not to use paraffin or calor gas heaters as they produce a lot of water vapour that creates condensation in your home.
• Close your curtains as soon as it is dark as they help to keep the warm inside.

Paying your fuel bills
For anyone who is worried about paying gas or electricity bills there is a free Home Heat Helpline which you can call yourself, or on behalf of a relative, friend or patient.
The number is 0800 33 66 99 and it is open from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays.
The minicom number is 0800 027 2122.
If you run into problems with paying your gas or electricity bills, let the supplier know quickly before the amount builds up. They’ll want to help find a solution, perhaps by spreading out repayments. They won’t disconnect all-pensioner households in the winter.

If you would like to discuss this article further or arrange a visit to your home please contact us on 0845 258 5550 between 7.30am and 7.45pm Monday to Friday, pull your cord or press your red button on your Lifeline or pendant.

 

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