Here in Britain we get relatively mild winters when compared to other countries but we still need to be prepared when winter is approaching. When the days turn colder there are extra things we need to think about, such as taking care of ourselves, family, neighbours and people around us.
Think of all the things you do on a regular basis like collect repeat prescriptions, put your bins out to be emptied, buy groceries, buy fuel etc. These tasks will still need to be done during the Christmas period so it’s a good idea to make sure you are prepared in advance.
In the run up the Christmas think about the following:
- Repeat prescriptions – if your prescription falls due over the Christmas and New Year period order it early from your pharmacist.
- Christmas bin collections – for information on Camp Hill bin collections over the Christmas and New Year Period go to the Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council website for your bin collection calendar.
- Postal services – for information on postal services over Christmas go to the Royal Mail website.
- Food and drink – make sure you have enough food and drink items to last you over the holiday period.
- Pet food – make sure there is enough for your furry or feathered friends to eat over the holidays.
- Fuel – if your electric and gas supply is on a meter then make sure that you have enough to last you over the Christmas period and if you use coal or logs make sure you have a pile big enough to last you over the holidays. If you’re not sure how much you will need it’s better to overestimate then underestimate.
- Holidays – if you’re going away over Christmas arrange with a neighbour or friend for them to come in and draw your curtains, put lights on in the evening and pick up your post so that it’s not obvious that your house is empty.
Over the Christmas and winter periods bad weather can make many everyday things difficult and hazardous, particularly for vulnerable people such as the elderly. However, this is Camp Hill, and that famous community spirit means that people are happy to held their friends and neighbours when they are in need. A small gesture like offering to clear ice from their path, fetch them a bit of shopping or even just being a friendly face can go a long way. Have a think about doing the following for your vulnerable neighbours in bad weather:
- If you are going to the shops ask if they need anything.
- Pop in for 5 minutes for some friendly chit chat or if you stop for a cup of tea even better. Your neighbour may have wanted company but didn’t want to bother anyone.
- Check they are feeling well and if they aren’t encourage them to visit their local doctor or pharmacist without delay. Ask if you can collect any prescriptions for them.
- Check that their home is heated to at least 18 degrees.
- If it snows, clean their path, front steps and doorway areas. Encourage them not to make any non essential trips whilst the weather is bad.
- Watch out for any vulnerable people who may have originally had relatives living with them who have now moved away.
- Find out what the person is doing over Christmas. If they will be on their own, and you are willing and able, why not invite them to your house on Christmas Day.
- If you are concerned about a vulnerable person call Warwickshire County Council, Adult Social Care on 019 2641 2080.
Little things like the suggestion above can make all the difference to someone who is lonely and unhappy.
For more information on staying well in the winter go to www.nhs.uk/staywell.