this image shows a heart made from snow held in soft pale grey fingerless gloves

Keep Warm this Winter

 

this image shows a pair of hands with grey fingerless gloves holding and ice heart

Don’t let our elderly die of cold!

Winter Deaths are at an all time low,  please help me ensure this continues

I know I  keep sharing this post but that is because I am so passionate to prevent elderly people, unnecessarily, being unwell or dying. I have just received another batch and have stocked up on stamps so please – ” Don’t let our elderly die of cold”.

If you would like to support me in this campaign and feel you could donate some stamps please contact me using the form at the top of the page.

Free Room thermometers available again this year. This is my 5th year of distributing them for Age UK as they do seem to forget to promote them! The thermometer card is found in the middle of the “Winter wrapped up guide” which contains heeps of useful ways to stay warm and well when the weather is cold.

All you need to do to have one sent out is leave me a message at the bottom of this post in the comments box. Your address will not be shared publically.

The thermometer card is found in the middle of the “Winter wrapped up guide” which contains heeps of useful ways to stay warm and well when the weather is cold.

Winter is not everyone’s favourite season and as we age cold weather can become a worry. With ageing, older people’s bodies respond differently to the cold leaving them more vulnerable. People with dementia may also find it harder to recognise how cold their home is too.

A little preparation and following some simple suggestions can help them stay healthy and safe in winter months. Keeping warm both inside and out of the home can help reduce the risk of common health problems for the elderly such as chest infections, heart attack and strokes.
Here is a list of suggestions to help everyone stay warm and well.

  • Have your heating system serviced and if applicable have your chimney swept, if you are in rented accommodation this is your landlords responsibility
  • Check your water stop-cock is working properly
  • Check your electric blanket is working or consider buying one
  • Make sure your smoke alarm is working and consider buying a carbon monoxide monitor in case air vents become blocked
  • Make sure you are claiming all the benefits you are entitled to. Age Uk can help with this
  • Wear plenty of layers. Layers trap the warmth and ensure you have warm shoes or boots with a good grip
  • Keep a mixture of salt and sand handy to put on steps or paths in icy weather. Check to see if your local council offer free bags of this mix.
  • Keep a supply of cold and flu remedies in the home and have your flu jab
  • Order repeat prescriptions in good time if bad weather is forecast, many pharmacies will deliver to your door now
  • Keep your cupboards and freezer stocked.
  • Invest in a hot water bottle

 

 

Enhanced by Zemanta
Pin on PinterestShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

86 Comments

  1. Hi Caron
    What a lovely informative blog,
    Could you please send me 1 room thermometer to me to pass on to a strongly independent elderly relative if you are still offering them.
    my address is …..

    1. Thank you for your kind words David. My blog is my spare time passion. Please tell others about it, there are over 800 articles there, something for most people. Thermometer is in the post.

  2. Hi Caron

    Could I please have a room thermometer for my 77yr old Mum to be posted to:

    Many thanks
    Naomi

    1. Its in the post to you Naomi x

  3. I am contacting you in the hope that you will be able to send me a room thermometer so as to be able to show it to my elderly patients who have not come across the device to date.

    1. Dr Weighell,

      I have sent a thermometer and also some demos of my free dementia assistance cards for your information. Thousands of people with dementia are using them and their families and carers

    2. I hope you have received your thermometer and also the demo dementia assistance cards.

  4. Hi could I please have a free thermometer for my father in law he is 85

    1. Hopefully it arrived safely?

  5. Hi Caron
    If you are able, please will you send me me several thermometers so I am can give them to the most needy and encourage others to consider the need for warmth and apply for a thermometer themselves.
    Thankyou

    1. I would be delighted to. Please let me know where to send them. Thank you x

      1. Hi.

        Can my mum have a thermometer please?

  6. Hi Caron. I got the link from Facebook. Is it possible to send 2 for mum please? The address is 16 chapel lane You’re a star xx

    1. Not sure I posted yours out Chelsea. I will send another just in case x

  7. Hi Caron could I please have a room thermometer.
    The dementia assistance card has been very useful, thankyou for that. My Address is

    Thankyou for all you do x

    1. In the post today Jackie. Thank you for the feedback on the dementia assistance cards xx

  8. Can I have 2 please bedroom and living room

    1. In the post to you today Frank.

  9. Hello. My father-in-law had a temperature card that showed the temperature in the room and if the heating needed adjusting. If this is what is offered can I have one, please, or information if you know they are available elsewhere. Thanks in advance,

    1. Hello Marian, in the post to you today. Just in time as I see temperatures are set to plummit.!

  10. My father is 84 and has asked me to contact you regards the free thermometer
    His address is;
    37 Gisburn Avenue
    Ansdell
    Latham St Anne’s
    FY8 3PB

    1. Glad I checked back in here Stuart and good thing it is so mild at the mo. I have made a note of your Fathers address and a room thermometer will be on it’s way to him very soon.

  11. This is a great list of suggestions, Caron – it will definitely help people get through those long, cold winter months! Free thermometers is a fabulous idea too – if only more people knew about it, I will definitely be spreading the word. Good job!

    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Anna.It is appreciated.Please share this with as many people as you can. I like to think I have played my part in reducing winter deaths.

  12. please could my 99 year old mother in law have one of these packs please.
    Mrs D Wilby

    Thank You

    1. It is in the post David.

  13. Hi please can I have 4 room theromitas for my Nans home both are cold & need to show them they need heating on/turned up!!

    1. They will be on their way in the morning. Thanks for clarifying they are for two homes.

  14. Hello could I have thermoneter to help me keep warm. I forgot to add my address on the last comment I sent…….

  15. Please could I have a thermometer as I feel it would help me know how cold it is in the living room and then I can adjust my fire to help me keep warm. Thank you.
    Joan bell

    1. Thank you for contacting me here Joan. A thermometer will be in the post in the morning.

  16. Hi my dad has just moved in to a bungalow and his living room Sms bedroom are so cold.. the council have been asked to come and check the heating but would it be possible for him to have a room thermometer please? Regards Vicki

    1. Yes of course Vicky, I have emailed you for your Dads address.

  17. Please could I have a free thermometer.
    …..

    1. Hello Pam, it has gone in the post to you today

  18. Hi, please can I possibly have 2 room thermometers for my dad.

    Mr J Eastick

    Many Thanks

    1. They will be in the post tomorrow as I need to get them weighed as 2 are too heavy and thick for a standard letter.

  19. Hi I work for a 96 yr old gentleman would it be possible to get a room theometer free as stated he lives at …. many thanks 😁

    1. Hello, thanks for the message. I have posted one out to him. Thank you for caring.

      1. Could I have a free thermometer. I am 69 years of age thank you. My address is

  20. Please can I have one of the free thermometers
    Thanks very much
    Caroline

  21. Hi Please is it possible for me to have one of the thermometers for a lady I care for. Thank you. Susan Clarke.

    1. Gone in the post Susan

  22. Hi, We are holding a “Stay Well Stay Warm this winter” event on 8th December encouraging our most vulnerable elderly residents to come along for advice on staying safe and well throughout the winter months. The event is free and we will have specialist advice from Energy Efficiency, Trading Standards and many more. We will also be giving out “winter survival goody bags” as well as offering free refreshments including home made soup on the day. Would you be able to supply us with a number of free room thermometers to put into the goody bags. We anticipate around 30-50 people will attend and anything you could let us have would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks

    1. I would be delighted to. I am away until Tuesday but will get these to you before the 8th. Please let me have your address, You can leave it here and no one will see it.

    2. Hi , I have a room thermometer that i got supplied with free my energy provider and my mum is rather keen on one for herself finding it very useful. She is over 70 and wondered if I could get one for her.

      1. Hello Claire,
        As soon as you are able to let me know your Mum’s address then I will post one of these out to you.

      2. Claire, just leave your Mums address and I will send one out to you.

        1. thanks for Mums address, thermometer going in the post today.

  23. Please could WE have 2 temperture cards as we have tryed crossroads care who we are registered with in wsm and scottish power but no help so glad some one is thinking of us old ones

    mr and mrs adams
    160 ,
    bs494qx

    1. Hello, Mr and Mrs Adams.

      Yes of course you can, one went in the post today and I will get another off to you tomorrow. Missed the bit where you asked for two.

    2. I am certainly caring for the elderly again this year. Age UK seem to forget to let people know the thermometers are available and yet winter deaths are at an all time low. Must be me !!!

  24. Hello, would you send a room thermometer to one of my patients, please.

    Many thanks

    Jane

  25. Please could I have 2 of these one for both for parents which are not living together who are both in there 70’s .
    My address is
    Many thanks Jane

    1. Hello Jane, these have gone in the post to you today.

  26. Please may i have 2 of these thermometers 1 for my mother and 1 fr my nan. I dont know where to put my address.

    1. Thanks for emailing me your address. The thermometers will be in the post today.

  27. Could I please get a thermometer? I don’t like putting my address online, could you please email me for it?

    Many thanks,

    Owen

  28. Hi, I think it’s a good idea to check the temperature in the home, my wife is always feeling cold, but we don’t know what the temperature is. We would love to receive a free thermometer.
    Many thanks

    1. it’s in the post Ken

  29. Hi can I have 1 thermometer please? My address is 28

  30. Hi. Could I have three thermometers, please? They would be great for my elderly relatives. My address is 41 Pittsburgh Court, Blaenymaes, Swansea. SA55PF

    1. In the post in the morning. Please spread the word Kelly.

      1. Will do.

        Thanks, Caron.

  31. Please could I have one room thermometer for my mum please ,my name and address is ,Mr Derek Rice,

    1. Its in the post to you Derek.

  32. Hello,
    Please could I have a room thermometer and a dementia card my address is

    Many thanks
    Jeff

    1. Cards made and in the post to you in the morning. Please tell others and help me spread the word.Thank you.

  33. Hi
    Can I have 2 please need 1 for
    My mum and 1 for my mother in
    Law

    1. Yes of course. They will be in the post in the morning.

  34. Hi please could I have a thermometer for my nan. Address is ……. Many thanks

  35. Please can I order 2 for mine and my husband’s mothers?
    Thanks for the work you do to raise the awareness of age related problems.
    Laura Webb

    1. Hello Laura,
      They have just gone in the post to you now. Thank you for your kind words and please help me spread the word about Caron Cares. Have you seen the dementia assistance cards? Totally free to make and useful for anyone with dementia and their carers.

  36. Hi I’m looking for room thermometer’s for the elderly service users I would need 4 , I wondered if you have them or know where I can get thanks

  37. Hello can you send me a free room thermometer to 13 sloane way thetford norfolk ip243je mrs l whittred

    1. Hi, Lauren, yes of course. It will be in the post in the morning. Please tell others about them and Caron Cares…..and the Dementia assistance cards which are also FREE. http://www.dementiaassistancecard.com.

  38. Hi could you send a thermometer to 119 albatross ave ………thank you x

    1. Hello Donna it is in the post to you. Thank you for contacting me at Caron Cares and please help spread the word about the blog and the thermometers.

  39. Hi
    Please could you send me a room thermometer to 16 Bel………..Bristol BS….
    Many thanks
    Maisie

  40. Hello,
    Could I please get a room thermometer to:
    Mr North

    I can reimburse you with postage costs.
    Thank you

    1. It is in the post. Please help me spread the word about Caron Cares and the free room thermometers

  41. Please could you send me a free room temperature thermometer to
    ………
    Norwich
    Norfolk

    Many thanks

    1. You are welcome Deborah. It will be in the post in the morning. Just to let you know about a new project the Dementia Assistance Card They are FREE and fully editable so if you know anyone who may benefit from one please let them know about it. Thank you for your support.

  42. Please could you send a room thermometer to 2 Two Mile ………. Many many thanks.

    1. It will be in the post in the morning. Please help me spread the word about the room thermometers and Caron Cares. Thank you .

  43. hi
    I was looking for simple room thermometers for our residents to use in our care home, I have previously been able to get them from southern electric but don’t seem to be able to get them any more .
    I would be needing around 40.
    I wondered if you have them or a contact how I can get them
    thanks your help
    Sharon welsh

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *