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Rental Stairlifts’ tips for keeping warm in winter

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Winter can be a difficult time for the over 65’s. Health problems such as rheumatism and hypothermia can deteriorate with the colder weather. According to Age UK, one very common concern is keeping warm. Age UK recommend these tips help you keep warm during winter:

NHS England advises the over 65’s wear several layers of light clothes rather than one bulky layer. Warm air is trapped between the layers of clothing, helping you to keep warm.

Staying as active as you can around the home will also help. Even moderate exercise can help and it’s best not to sit still for more than an hour or so.

You should also keep doors and windows closed and eliminate drafts where possible. Try to keep your home heated to at least 18c (65F). Heating your home can be expensive, but there is help available. Advice is available in the Government’s “Keep Warm Keep Well” booklet,

Winter does not mean you should never go outside. However, the risk of falling is far higher in wet or icy weather. Aching joints, stiffness and arthritic problems can also lead to immobility, making it more difficult to move around safely.

If you're going out, wear shoes with a good grip to prevent slips and falls. Only go out if absolutely necessary when it’s icy or snowing outside. And if you have steps outside the house, think about installing an outdoor stairlift.

Making sure you eat properly is also crucial to staying well. Food is a vital source of energy which helps to keep your body warm. Try to make sure that you have hot meals and drinks throughout the day. A warm bowlful of porridge is an excellent way to start a winter’s day. Porridge oats boost your intake of starchy foods and fibre, give you energy, help you feel fuller for longer and contain lots of essential vitamins and minerals.

According to official government figures, there were 27% more deaths during the winter months of 2014/15 than for the rest of the year, most of them among the 75+ age group. Many of those could have been avoided by taking the right measures to keep warm and stay well.

Please exercise common sense when considering the tips above and whether to take any of the steps that may be suggested in it. Whilst we have taken reasonable care to ensure that any information is accurate and complete, most of the information in this guide is based on our views and opinions. As a result, we cannot make any promises about the accuracy or the completeness of the information and we don't accept any responsibility for the results of your reliance on it.

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