Please check on elderly neighbours to ensure that they are safe. If you have any concerns contact the Gardaí.
Cold weather can be a problem for anyone, especially older people, children, people with a disability and those with long-term illness. The Keep Well & Warm website brings together all the information and support available to householders who may experience difficulties keeping well and warm during winter.
Age Action suggests the following advice for older people during this cold weather:
- Dress correctly by wearing multiple layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer
- Remain active and don’t stay sitting for long periods
- Spread your chores throughout the day to ensure to keep moving
- Exercise daily but avoid ice
- Eat well and have at least one hot meal a day. Sip hot drinks. Keep a flask of hot drink by the bed, in case you wake up cold
- Stock up on provisions in case there is icy weather and you cannot go out
- Seal gaps around windows and doors
- If you have not already received the winter flu vaccination from your doctor, make an appointment to do so.
- Remain in daily telephone contact with friends and relatives, and older people who are house-bound.
- Listen to local radio. Check weather forecast.
- Be careful when walking or driving on compacted snow — it may have turned to ice.
- Wear good footwear to avoid slips
- Check on vulnerable neighbours.