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Help an older person this winter

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If you have an older friend or relative close to you, our Winter Wrapped Up guide may help them prepare for the winter season

There are some simple things you can do to support them through the cold weather too:

  • Call or visit more often if the cold weather stops your friend or family member from getting out and about. This can help keep their spirits up and make them feel less isolated.
  • Make sure they have basic food items in the cupboard or freezer in case it’s too cold to go shopping.
  • Pick up prescriptions if it’s too cold for them to go out, or find out if their local pharmacy offers a prescription pick-up and delivery service.
  • Help to prevent falls. Bring round a mixture of salt and sand for putting on steps or paths in icy weather. Some councils provide free bags of the mix, otherwise try a local DIY store.
  • Make sure they keep warm. Their main living room should be heated to 70F/21C, and the rest of the house heated to at least 64F/18C. Low temperatures increase the risk of flu and other respiratory problems and can raise blood pressure.
  • Encourage them to get a benefits check to make sure they’re claiming everything they’re eligible for. Their local Age UK can offer a benefits check, or they can use our online benefits calculator.

Download our Winter Wrapped Up guide to find out more ways to help someone stay warm and well.

Download the guide 

If you’d prefer a free paper copy, call Age UK Advice on 0800 169 2081.

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Further information


Our Information guides are short and easy to digest, giving a comprehensive overview of the relevant topic. Factsheets are longer with more detail, and are aimed at professionals.

You can download other guides in our series from publications

For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 678 1174

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