Being good neighbours in cold weather

Advice given out by some local councils can help us be good neighbours during these colder times.

Sometimes a reminder is handy to show us that small actions can have large consequences.

Two friends together

Seeing people
If you know someone who lives alone, make sure you pop in from time to time. If you have neighbours who are willing you could set up a rota so you can visit a few people once a week, when it suits you. If you can only make one visit a week try and make it on the night the bins go out, that way you can do it rather than have them risk slipping on a cold night.

Are they warm enough?
If possible you should make sure the house is warm enough.  21 degrees is a good minimum for a sitting room (i.e. a room where they may be sedentary for a long period of time) and 18 degrees in sleeping rooms (where bedclothes will provide warmth). Falling below these temperatures could create long term health issues.
Of course ‘the Assure’ can help you monitor temperature and even send an email if the house seems too cold while the wearer is at home.

Make sure there is food in their cupboards
If getting to the shops has been difficult they may be running low on stocks. Are there some easy, nutritious and warming snacks about, like soups?

Medicines
Likewise, if trips out are tricky are they running out of any medicines they need? Unless you know their regime it may be that asking them about their stocks is the only way.

Medical appointments
Is anything being missed because they don’t like travelling by themselves in the bad weather? Bear in mind there is often community transport available to take people to and from medical/health appointments.

Snow clearing and salting icy paths
If you are clearing your path consider if your neighbour would benefit from your help clearing theirs too.