Posted by: westlancashirerecord | November 16, 2016

Looking After Elderly And Disabled people In Wintery Lancashire

With temperatures falling  and snow likely, LCC highway teams across the county have been busy preparing for months to make sure we can help keep the county’s main roads as clear as possible and continue to provide services to our most vulnerable residents. We can all take steps to make sure that we’re prepared and able to cope when severe winter weather arrives . carousel1

Whether it’s getting a flu jab, keeping our homes properly insulated or stocking up on de-icer, we have more information about what you can do to prepare for the cold months ahead. Get your flu jab – find out if you are eligible to receive a free flu jab.

Stock up on grit from your local DIY store, to clear your drive or front path. Try to stock up on food essentials; long life milk, bread in the freezer and make sure you have enough medication.

Don’t go to A&E unless you have an emergency, if you are in any doubt call 111 for help and advice to get the right treatment. Make sure you are receiving the benefits you are entitled to. Find out if you may be eligible for extra help such as Winter Fuel Payments.

Ask your energy supplier about their Priority Services Register, a service for older and disabled people. Make sure you keep your living room warm throughout the day and heat your bedroom before going to bed. To minimise the risks to their health, sedentary people should wear warm clothing indoors and have their homes heated to at least 18°C (65F).

Stay inside in bad weather if you don’t have to go out . If you are going outside, make sure you wear shoes with good treads and wrap up warm. Try to arrange for  someone to put your bin out in wintry conditions if you are unable to.

Make sure your electric blanket is safe to use by getting it tested – the Fire Brigade, Trading Standards and Age UK can test your electric blanket for safety. Never use an electric blanket and a hot water bottle together as you could electrocute yourself.

Keep an eye on elderly and vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours who may be more susceptible to the cold weather, especially if they suffer from any ongoing medical conditions. Get repeat prescriptions filled in advance during severe weather and be aware that many surgeries and pharmacies will close over the Christmas and New Year period.

If you can get outside for a walk during the day in winter you’ll not only maintain your fitness you’ll be helping to banish the winter blues . Remember to wear thin layers of cotton, wool or fleecy fibres and a scarf to keep you warm lccsnowman. You’ll naturally feel more tired during the winter, it’s important to have a good night’s sleep but eating your five-a-day fruit and veg will also help boost your energy levels.

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