Blog: In his latest guest blog, Bluebird Care’s CEO, Shabir Hussain, looks at a few easy things you can do to prepare for winter.
Blog – Are You Prepared For Winter?
Winter brings challenges for all of us, not least the weather with wind, rain, ice, frost and fog. But it’s a time of year that you can prepare for with a bit of forward planning. Here are a few things to consider as you prepare for the worst of winter.
Slipping and sliding
Icy pavements and roads can be very slippery. If it’s icy first thing in the morning, consider delaying going outside until temperatures have risen. Fallen leaves can be slippery too, so try to keep your paths clear of them. Use a stiff brush and perhaps an anti-mould solution to prevent smooth surfaces getting treacherous when wet. Always wear appropriate footwear.
Just as the inside of your home may need adapting as you get older, the paths around your home and garden can easily be the scene of a fall or trip. It’s always good to fit a handrail if you have steps at your front or back door and alongside any steps or steeper incline. Make sure you keep paths clear of obstructions. Consider fitting an outside light.
Be Prepared At Home
- Have your heating system serviced during the summer or autumn
- Have a reserve food supply, just in case you can’t go out for a few days.
- Keep simple cold, flu and sore throat remedies, plus painkillers, in the house.
Use Your Network
Ask your family, neighbours or friends if they could call or visit you more often if a period of cold weather stops you getting out and about. They can help you with food deliveries. Ask a family member to set up online food ordering for you – being familiar with the routine of getting a supermarket delivery at home can be very reassuring.
Speak to your friends, family or carer if you are feeling unwell, down or need some practical help. Don’t ignore small problems. Ask for help before they become bigger problems.
Pharmacists Can Help
Order repeat prescriptions in plenty of time, particularly if bad weather is forecast. Get used to visiting your local pharmacist. They can provide expert advice to help manage long-term conditions or can offer advice if you have a bad cough, trouble breathing, a cold or a sore throat. They have longer opening hours than GP practices, and most have a private consultation area. They’ll also tell you if they think you should see a doctor.