Royal Voluntary Service, our charity of the year, have compiled a list of top tips to help people stay safe and well when it’s cold.
- Keep an eye on weather forecasts, particularly severe weather warnings from the Met Office.
- Don't take any risks in bad weather. If you have to go out, make sure you wear shoes with a good grip to avoid unnecessary falls.
- Wear warm clothes in layers, and if you can, get up and move around. If your mobility is more limited, do some chair exercises to help you stay warm and active.
- Make sure gas appliances have a regular service and gas safety check every 12 months.
- Keep torches, a battery powered radio and spare batteries that are easy to find in case there is an unexpected power cut.
Catherine Johnstone, the Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service, says that it’s important that we look out for older or vulnerable people at this time of year.
“We are encouraging anyone who has an older neighbour or relative to check on them regularly to make sure that they have everything they need to stay healthy and happy during the winter months.”
If you would like to find out more about volunteering with RVS, visit royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk. The charity is always looking for help with things such as providing transport after a stint in hospital or to medical appointments, picking up prescriptions or getting some shopping if the icy temperatures means it’s harder for an older person to get out and about.