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ISS offer elderly and vulnerable advice on keeping warm

Author: Cherry Pullinger Published: 28th February 2018 11:05

ISS Healthcare recommends that anyone with reduced mobility or over the age of 65 should have their home heated to a minimum of 18 degrees.


Ravina Goodland, Training Coordinator at ISS Healthcare, said: “We’re currently experiencing some of the coldest weather of the winter so far and there is more snow expected towards the end of the week too, so it is vital that everybody, especially the elderly and vulnerable, wrap up extra warm.


“Homes should be heated to a minimum of 18 degrees and having blankets and hot water bottles to hand is essential. If you can, staying active is a great way to keep yourself warm. Simply getting up and walking around the room is the perfect way to get started. If possible, try not to sit still for more than an hour at a time.


“Wearing lots of thin layers of clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres is a great way to maintain body heat too. People should eat hot meals and drink warm drinks regularly throughout the day as food and drinks are vital energy sources.


“The cold weather can really affect the elderly and vulnerable and leave them susceptible to serious health problems, so we are offering our advice to ensure that the whole of Wales keeps warm this winter.


“Our carers will be visiting our service users whatever the weather to provide the care they need and are able to make sure they are warm enough and fed and hydrated too. If anyone knows of an elderly person struggling to keep warm this winter, we would suggest they pop in on them regularly to ensure they have everything they need. Provide blankets if you can and keep track of eating and drinking habits. Anyone who feels they may need more help with caring for an elderly person should get in touch as we provide a home care service across Wales.”


ISS Healthcare provides care support to thousands of people, with services commissioned through authorities in the area or purchased privately by individual service users or their families.


Its aim is to deliver care, which improves the lives of its service users and that treats them, and their families, with respect, dignity and compassion.


ISS Healthcare believes its services should not only comply with regulatory standards, but that it also delivers excellence and promote overall wellbeing.


For more information about ISS Healthcare, please call 01495 759977 or visit www.isshealthcare.co.uk.

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