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Keep safe; keep warm!

The recent bitter weather conditions have resulted in a number of unprecedented weather alerts. Here at Rusthall Lodge Care Home, we're delighted our staff and residents are in good spirits despite the cold outside. We are also justly proud of our staff members who have battled their way in to care for our residents while the weather remains so icy! -5 on the way into the Lodge this morning!Snow on Toad Rock

With 'winter warmer' meals being freshly prepared by our catering team, our residents are engaged in activities if they want to or they are enjoying the warmth and comfort of their own rooms.

While the fun and games of sledging and snowball fights may be behind our residents, they, together with all our members of staff are very aware of the issues that can be experienced by people who are not in an environment like Rusthall Lodge who are living in the community.

Keeping warm is critical. It is important to wear several thin layers instead of one thick layer as the warmth of your body is trapped between each layer. Keep a throw or a blanket handy to cover your feet or hands. If you can’t heat all your rooms, make sure you keep your living room warm and heat your bedroom before going to bed. Close curtains to keep draughts out and keep doors closed between each room.

Eat at least one hot meal a day. Soup is warming, extremely nutritious and inexpensive to make.

  • If an emergency occurs, keep important numbers close by so you can contact someone. Hopefully you'll have a friendly neighbour who will check on you from time to time. If you are cold at night try sleeping in socks, go to bed with a hot water bottle and keep a flask with a hot drink beside the bed.

Don't go outside unless you really have to. It's simply not worth it. The chances of falls are heightened due to the weather conditions. If you remain inside, it's important you try and minimise the chance of falls.

Take a couple of minutes each day to stretch your limbs to loosen muscles.

For all of us, it's crucial that we make sure the older people within our community are made aware of the simple ways in which they can stay safe and warm throughout the winter season. Not only does it pose a health risk but the fear of falling on icy streets can keep people in their homes and therefore increases the risk of isolation and loneliness.

If you have a neighbour you may be concerned about, it will make their day if you knock on their door to ask them if they are OK. This simple gesture costs nothing but could mean so much!

Written on 1st March 2018

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