As we get older, changes to our bodies mean that the cold weather affects us more than it used to. Here are some useful tips to help you stay warm in the winter:
Keeping your home warm
- If you’re not very mobile, or have a health condition, heat your home to at least 18C (65F)
- Keep your bedroom at 18C all night if you can – and keep the bedroom window closed
- During the day you may prefer your living room to be slightly warmer than 18C
- Draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts.
Protect your health in the cold
- If you start to feel unwell, even if it’s a cough or cold, don’t wait until it gets more serious.
- Wear several layers of clothes – clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres help to maintain body heat
- Have at least one hot meal a day – eating regularly helps keep you warm; and make sure you have hot drinks regularly
- When indoors try not to sit still for more than an hour– get up and stretch your legs
- Stay indoors if the weather is very cold, if you need to go out wrap a scarf loosely around your mouth add a hat and wear shoes with a good grip.
If you are a low income and in receipt of Guarantee Pension Credit you may be able to apply for the Warm Home Discount Scheme. To find out more contact your energy supplier.