With the mercury set to plummet over the coming days, Councillor Patricia Stallard, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Public Health, is recommending a number of simple steps that we can all take to help stay well and keep warm.
Councillor Stallard said: “Keeping warm is important for everyone. It is essential for older people, the very young, and those with long-term medical conditions, who all need to take extra care to stay healthy. There are some simple things that people can do.”
Top tips from Public Health include:
• Keep warm - heat your home to at least 18 degrees C (65F), if you can. If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and your bedroom just before you go to bed
• Eat well - food gives you energy, which helps to keep you warm, so try to have regular hot meals and hot drinks throughout the day
• Seek advice and help from a pharmacist for common problems such as coughs, colds, childhood fever, aches and pains, before they get too serious. Find a pharmacist near you
• Get a flu vaccination – ask your local pharmacist or your GP for more information
• Keep an eye on elderly or frail relatives, friends and neighbours
• Make sure you get your repeat prescriptions in good time
As the weather turns colder, some people and families will struggle to keep their homes warm. Hampshire County Council’s Hitting the Cold Spots initiative can help.
Now in its seventh year, this county-wide fuel poverty project offers advice and support to people who are having trouble staying warm during the winter, including home visits, help to access funding for boiler repairs and replacements, temporary heating, and small grants for winter fuel emergencies. Hampshire residents can also receive advice about tariff switching and how to be referred to other services for further help, including ‘safe and well’ visits and healthy living advice.
If anyone is worried about an elderly neighbour or relative, they should call Hampshire County Council’s Adult Services team on 0300 555 1386, during the week in working hours, (8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 4.30pm Friday) or call 0300 555 1373 out of hours and on weekends and Bank Holidays.
For more information about the service visit the Hitting the Cold Spots webpage.