Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health problems like pneumonia. Age UK Lambeth is working with Lambeth Council and NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver a range of activities to support older people stay warm this winter. This year’s campaign is focussed on reaching vulnerable older Lambeth residents who missed out last year.
If you are in touch with any health or other services that come into your home and are unable to contact Age UK Lambeth yourself ask them to pass on your contact details. Be safe - always check who's at the door before letting them into your home.
Warm In Winter Leaflet
Top tips for keeping warm and well this winter -
Stay Warm In Your Home
By setting your heating to the right temperature (18-21c or 64-70f), you can keep your home warm and your bills as low as possible. Wear plenty of thin layers, rather than one thick one. Wear bed socks, thermal underwear and a nightcap or headscarf at night.
Get Financial Support
There are grants, benefits and advice available to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating and help reduce your fuel bills. Its worthwhile claiming all the benefits you are entitled to.
Eat Well and Drink Regularly
Food is a vital source of energy, which helps to keep your body warm so try to make sure that you have hot meals regularly throughout the day. Drinking hot drinks can help with staying warm and drinking water regularly will help your body stay healthy. Keep a flask of your favourite hot drink or soup near your bed to drink when you wake up.
Get A Flu Jab
You can get a free jab from your doctor (GP) and some pharmacists to protect against seasonal flu if you are over 65 or have a long-term health condition. If you have a cold or flu it is better to stay in bed and rest. And remember to drink plenty of fluids.
Look After Yourself And Others
On cold days try to avoid going outside;however, if you do need to, remember to wrap up warm, put on a coat, hat, scarf, gloves and warm shoes or boots when you go outside. If you have an older neighbour or relative, look out for them during winter to make sure that they are safe and well.
Have Your Heating And Cooking Appliances Checked
Have your heating and cooking appliances checked - carbon monoxide is a killer.
Services In Lambeth That Can Help
Age UK Lambeth
Age UK Lambeth run a range of services for people over 55. These include a handyperson service providing free equipment to help keep your house warm, day services and a befriending service.
Tel: 020 7738 0528 or visit www.ageuk.org.uk/lambeth
Every Pound Counts
Every Pound Counts offers a free benefits check and advice service and practical support to people over 60, those who have a long term health problem or disability, and carers. Ensure that you receive all the benefits you are entitled to!
Tel: 020 7926 5555 or visit www.lambeth.gov.uk/everypoundcounts
Community Draught Busters
They can help you to improve your energy efficiency at home. they specialise in home energy audits, draught proofing, energy efficiency advice and training for local residents.
Tel: 07721 469980 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lambeth Libraries Home Visit
They offer a home visit service for people who are unable to get to the library due to age, illness or disability.
Tel: 020 7926 8335