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Tips to Keep Warm During the Colder Months

| Amanda Payne |

The cold weather is here. Keeping warm in winter can be a challenge, especially for older people, as the cold can adversely affect them or aggravate existing medical conditions. At Home Care Assistance Sydney East, we understand the impact of cold weather on the elderly and have compiled six tips to help you stay warm this winter.

1. Sort Through Your Clothing Staying warm starts with wearing appropriate clothing. Layers are ideal if your area gets cold overnight but warms up during the day. Ensure you have enough winter clothes in good condition. If you need to get clothes out of storage, ask a family member or your Care Professional from Home Care Assistance Sydney East to assist you. Your Care Professional can also help you create a shopping list and purchase any necessary items.

2. Pull Out the Blankets Make sure your spare blankets are clean and ready to use. Keep an extra blanket on your bed and another near your favourite chair or couch. If you need help getting your blankets out, your Care Professional can assist.

3. Get Your Draught Snakes Ready Heating costs can increase significantly if there are gaps under doorways. Get your draught snakes ready to use or purchase new ones from a local store if needed.

4. Check Your Heater Don’t wait until the first cold snap to discover your heater isn’t working. Turn it on and check its functionality before it gets too cold. This way, you can avoid long waiting times for repairs.

5. Close Off Rooms Heating an entire house is more expensive than heating one or two rooms. Consider which rooms you need to heat and close off the ones you don’t use. This can help reduce heating costs and make it easier to warm the rooms you do use.

6. Find Your Heat Packs Heat packs like wheat packs and hot water bottles are great for staying warm. Always follow the instructions to avoid overheating them and potentially burning yourself.

Cold weather is more manageable when you are prepared. Follow these steps to ensure you and your loved ones are ready for winter. If you receive In-home care from an Aged Care Professional, discuss your winter preparations with them to ensure you stay warm and safe.

Having the support of a home care agency like Home Care Assistance Sydney East can greatly enhance your quality of life while living independently at home. For more information, get in touch with Home Care Assistance Sydney East today.

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