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Keep warm and well as winter bites in bedfordshire

15 January 2016

  1. Keep warm at home
    Set your heating to the right temperature (18-21ºC) you can still keep your home warm and lower your bills. If you feel cold at night, use a hot water bottle or electric blanket – but never both together. It is especially important if you’re at home all day.
  1. Eat well and have plenty of fluids
    Food and water are vital sources of energy, and help keep your body warm. Try to make sure you and your family have hot meals and drinks regularly through the day.
  1. Get a flu jab
    You can still get free flu jabs to protect against seasonal flu from your GP or local pharmacy if you are over 65, pregnant, or have a long-term condition.
  1. Look after yourself and others
    Elderly people or those with long term health conditions should avoid going outside on very cold days. However, if you do need to go out, remember to wrap up warm and take care on slippery surfaces. If you have an older neighbour or relative, look out for them during winter to make sure they are safe and well.
  1. Keep your medicine cabinet well stocked

If you’re on medication, make sure you get your repeat prescriptions in time so you don’t run out. Talk to your GP about registering for Patient Online. Simply complete the paperwork and you’ll be able to request repeat prescriptions online as well as make appointments. Check to make sure you have enough over the counter remedies for coughs and colds so you don’t need to leave home unless you have to.

Keeping warm and healthy during the winter is very important , particularly for older residents and those that spend all day at home.

The five top tips show that it only takes a few simple measures to protect yourself and your family from winter-related illnesses and incidents.

For more information on staying will this winter log onto www.nhs.uk/staywell

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