Worried about staying warm in winter or keeping cool when there's a heat wave? Here's some advice about staying healthy no matter what the weather.
Staying warm and well in winter
If you're concerned about the winter chill, we have lots of useful advice. Read below for our top tips, or if you need advice in person, get in touch with our information and advice service. We've put together these tips and you can find further information on Age UK’s website.
Staying warm at home
- The ideal temperature is 64°F (18°C) for your bedroom and 70°F (21°C) for your living room. Check your thermostat or use a room thermometer to monitor temperature.
- Use a hot water bottle, wheat bag or electric blanket to warm the bed, but never use a hot water bottle and electric blanket together.
- Wear several thin layers of clothing as these keep you warmer than one thick layer.
- Close your bedroom window at night when it's cold.
- Have your heating system serviced and your chimney swept, or ask your landlord to do this. Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm and never block air vents as fires and heaters need good ventilation.
- Make sure you have at least one hot meal a day and regular hot drinks.
- Include a variety of foods in your diet to get the nutrients that you need.
- Keep basic food items in your cupboard or freezer in case it's too cold to go shopping.
Worried about an older friend or relative?
If you're worried about an older friend or relative, please encourage them to get in touch with us for a benefit check to make sure they're getting everything they are eligible for. You may also find these tips from Age UK useful.
Contact us for a benefit check
You may be eligible for financial support, including a winter fuel payment to help with heating costs.
Staying cool in the summer
- Protect your skin with sunscreen of at least sun protection factor (SPF) 15.
- Aim to drink 6 – 8 glasses of liquid a day to stay hydrated.
- It's important to protect your eyes from the summer sun. Choose sunglasses that have a CE mark, UV400 label or a statement that they offer 100 per cent UV (ultraviolet) protection.
- Watch out for the signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion. If you find yourself becoming dizzy, nauseous, faint and confused, then find a cool place, drink plenty of water and seek medical help if you need it.
You can find more information on Age UK's website.