Hope everyone is as well as they can be? It has been extremely cold and below is some practical advice about keeping well and warm.
Precautions to take
Colder weather can cause a range of health problems, but you can be ready for them.
Keeping warm is important – always keep the main rooms in your home, such as the living room and bedroom, heated. Warm clothing and a hot meal can also help prevent the most vulnerable people falling ill this winter.
It can help prevent colds, flu, or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia, and depression.
Also, anyone who is invited to get the flu vaccination should do so.
There are a few easy precautions you can take to keep you and your loved ones safe during a spell of particularly cold weather:
- wear warm clothes – layers are best, including a hat.
- if outside in icy conditions, wear boots or shoes with suitable grips
- make sure you have enough food and medicines.
- check the weather forecast regularly.
- take care outdoors, especially if roads and pavements are icy.
- take regular hot drinks and food.
- heat all rooms used during the day – living room to around 18-21°C (65-70°F) and the rest of your house to at least 16°C (61°F)
- if you can’t heat all your rooms, make sure that you keep one room warm throughout the day.
- if you use an electric blanket check what type it is – some are designed only to warm the bed before you get in and should not be used throughout the night.
- never use an electric blanket and hot water bottle together as it could cause electrocution.
- service boilers and appliances annually by a registered engineer to protect from the dangers of carbon monoxide. This should be done by your registered Social Landlord.
- keep in contact with trusted callers, friends and relatives should you need help and keep your mobile phone charged.
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This organisation is here to help with the funeral of your loved one.
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Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives
We are now in a national lockdown and so everyone must stay at home and only leave home for specific reasons. These include:
- Shopping for essential items and medicine
- Travelling to work, but only if you cannot work from home.
- To seek medical help, get tested or get vaccinated.
- To escape domestic abuse or escape serious harm.
Full details of what you can and cannot do are available on the Government’s website.
Beware of Covid-19 text scams run by cyber criminals
Cyber criminals are using Covid-19 as an opportunity to send out ‘phishing’ text messages, which try to trick people into clicking on a bad link. Messages are short and simple and often claim to be from a known organisation, such as the NHS, your bank or GOV.UK.
We are aware of a current scam which is asking people to book their Covid-19 vaccination via text, which takes you to a fake NHS form asking for bank details. The NHS will never ask for your bank details.
Other top scams include:
- Fake links to claim Covid-19 related payments.
- Lockdown fines suggesting you have breached lockdown.
- Offers of health supplements that will prevent you becoming infected.
- Financial support offers that appear to be from your bank.
Please remain vigilant and challenge messages that don’t feel right. Read this leaflet to find out more.
Clinically extremely vulnerable and Covid-19 support
Shielding has been reintroduced for anyone identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. If you fall into this group, please follow guidance to stay safe and remember you can register on the national system to receive additional support.
Support from the council is available for all vulnerable residents, so please call us 020 7364 3030 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) if we can help. You can also let us know about your support needs online.
We know this continues to be a tough time for everyone and looking after your mental health is as important as your physical wellbeing. There are a range of mental health and wellbeing resources to support you, so please use them if you need help and remember you are not alone.
Unpaid carers can still access FREE PPE supplies. If you would like to receive PPE, Please contact the Carers Centre on 0207 790 1765 or Ayeda directly.
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