It is important to keep warm in winter, both inside and outdoors as it can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems.
Colin Cox, Cumbria County Council’s Director of Public Health, said:
“Cold weather can affect both physical and mental health and severe cold snaps can have dramatic effects on everyday life, especially for people who are already vulnerable because of their age, illness or disability.
“We can all prepare and help others by showing some community spirit, it’s really important that people stay warm over winter.”
Ways to keep warm and well include:
- People should home to at least 18°C (65°F), if they can – and might prefer their living room to be slightly warmer.
- Some people may be able to claim financial and practical help with heating their home, grants available include the Winter Fuel Payment and the Cold Weather Payment.
- People who are aged 65 or over, live in a residential or nursing home, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person are encouraged to get a free flu jab.
- Don’t delay in getting treatment for minor winter ailments like colds or sore throats. Visit your local pharmacist for advice on treatment before it gets worse so you can recover quicker.
- Check on older neighbours or relatives to make sure they’re safe and well. ‘Popping in’ for a cup of tea could really help an isolated older person. Make sure they’re warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don’t need to go out during very cold weather. If you’re worried about an older person, contact a family member, the county council or ring the Age UK helpline on 0800 055 6112 (8am to 7pm every day).
- Those who need help over the holiday period when GP services or pharmacies might be closed should call NHS 111 to get the right medical attention urgently, www.nhs.uk/111 can also direct people to local services.
For more information on how to keep warm and well, search ‘Keep Warm Keep Well’ or visit cumbria.gov.uk/winterready.