Usually at this time of year as spring approaches the cold winter weather begins to surpass, but this week it set to be colder than ever. As temperatures drop, Living Made Easy, offers helpful tips on staying warm during the cold snap. While no one likes cold weather, it can affect some more than others, especially those with a disability and older people.
There are a number of ways you can keep warm, choosing the right clothing plays an important part, but you should also consider how your home is heated and insulated, your lifestyle, finances and the general environment.
Here are some helpful hints from Living Made Easy:
- It can be expensive to use your home’s heating system as your sole means of keeping warm. It can also mean that the temperature is too hot for other people in the house. Grants are available through the Warm Front Scheme to help you install appropriate heating and insulation measures to your home. There are eligibility criteria for these grants. (Direct Gov, 2011)
- At night while you sleep, your body is less able to control its temperature, and you may have your heating switched off. Warming your bed with hot water bottles or an electric blanket for a few hours before you get in will help you maintain your body temperature overnight.
- While clothing helps you maintain your body heat, it does not generate heat for you. Getting dressed in a warm environment and keeping your clothes near a radiator can help. Some gentle exercise before getting dressed can also help, as it helps generate body heat and improves circulation. (ILC Exeter, 2002).
- Eating warm meals can help you feel warm and maintain your body temperature. Drinking hot drinks throughout the day, and before you go to bed, will also help you stay warm. (Raynaud’s and Scleroderma Association, 2010).
- Hand warmers and heat pads are readily available, and may be a good idea to use if you are outside for a long period. They can also be used to warm up shoes before you put them on. (ILC Exeter, 2002).
- Many older people or those living with a disability can have restricted vision which can make monitoring a room temperature very difficult. There is a wide range of environmental thermometers, clocks with integrated room temperature announcing software and temperature alert devices, all of which have been designed to help people ensure they keen their home at a safe level of warmth during the winter.
“The colder weather can cause serious health problems, especially for older people,” says Ed Mylles, Interim Director at Living Made Easy. “And we are committed to helping people to find the right bit of equipment whenever they may need it. Our website, Living Made Easy, offers impartial advice on staying warm and also carries a wide range of daily living aids and clothing that can help you to look after yourself and stay well during the winter months.”