Warm and Well in Winter is a multi channel campaign from Age UK Lambeth, supported by Lambeth CCG, which is aimed to ease seasonal pressure on NHS primary, urgent care and emergency services.
Our campaign is focused on reaching older people (and other vulnerable groups) across the borough, supporting the key messages of the PHE Stay Well this Winter campaign.
Stay Warm in your Home
By Setting your heating to the right temperature (18-21c), you can keep your home warm and your bills as low as possible. Wear plenty of thin layers, rather than one thick one. Wear bed socks, thermal underwear and a nightcap or headscarf at night.
If you are worried about affording the heating bills, then contact SAIL
If you want a FREE home energy check, then contact HandyFix
Reduce any money worries
There are grants, benefits and advice available to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating and help to reduce your fuel bills. It's worth claiming all the benefits you are entitled to.
If you are worried about money then contact SAIL
If you are worried about your home then contact HandyFix
Eat well and drink regularly
Food is a vital source of energy, which helps to keep your body warm so try to make sure that you have hot meals regularly throughout the day. Drinking hot drinks can help with staying warm and drinking water regularly will help your body stay healthy. Keep a flask of your favourite hot drink or soup near your bed to drink when you wake up.
Get your FREE Winter Warm and Well insulated mug from SAIL
Get a Flu jab
You can get a flu jab from your GP and even some chemists to protect you against seasonal flu. These are free if you are over 65 or have a long-term health condition. If you have a cold or flu it is better to stay in bed and rest. And remember to drink plenty of fluids.
Look out for each other
If you don't see one of your friends or neighbours when you expect to, why don't you give them a call or pop round to check they are safe and well.
If you are worried about someone, why not give SAIL a call and they can help you?
Look after your home
Most accidents happen at home, and we want you to stay safe. Make sure you have a smoke alarm and that the batteries are working. Always replace light bulbs that are no longer working. Always check who is at the door before letting them in. Look through the peephole to see who is there and use your door chain.
If you are worried about home security, then call HandyFix for a free home security check.
If you want to use a tradesman that has been vetted, use the Age UK London Business Directory. Call them on 0800 334 5056.
Warm and Well in Winter Grant Application 2017
We are happy to announce that we are now taking applications for grants for the 2017/18 Warm & Well in Winter campaign. The grants are for community groups and organisations working with older people to put on social events for their members as part of the campaign to raise awareness of the importance of staying warm during the colder months.