Rutland County Council is urging residents to take extra care of themselves and lookout for vulnerable people following the onset of freezing temperatures this week.
Now that winter is well and truly here, we all need to give some thought to making sure we can cope with the cold.
The government has published official advice on how to keep yourself warm, what financial help is available and the precautions you can take to keep well during the winter period. See top tips for keeping warm and well this winter.
Further information on what to do if you feel unwell, what services can help and how to keep well has also been shared by the NHS.
One of the most important ways to keep yourself well this winter is to ensure you have protected yourself against COVID-19 and the flu. If you are aged 50 or over, pregnant, or have a weakened immune system or long-term health condition, you will be eligible to receive your free COVID-19 booster and flu vaccinations.
"With the extra pressure of the cost of living crisis, winter conditions are a big worry, especially for people aged 65 or over and those more vulnerable. We're working closely with partners to make sure residents have all of the information and support they need to keep warm and well this winter. It’s important that we all look out for others. Some people, such as older neighbours, friends and family members, may need some extra help over the winter."
Councillor Samantha Harvey, Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adult Care
How you can help
There is lots you can do to help people who may need extra support this winter.
Cold weather can stop people from leaving home because they don't want to slip or falls. It's important to keep in touch with friends, neighbours and family and ask if they need any practical help, or check to see if they are feeling unwell.
Make sure they’re stocked up with enough food supplies, in case they can’t go out. If they do need to go out in the cold, encourage them to wear shoes with good grip, plus a scarf around the mouth to protect them from the cold air and reduce their risk of chest infections.
Make sure vulnerable people get any prescription medicines before the holiday period starts and if bad weather is forecast.
If anyone needs help over the holiday period when GP surgeries or pharmacies are closed, visit the national NHS 111 website or call 111.
See our dedicated Cost of Living Support page for advice about managing household and energy costs over the winter.