Keeping Warm This Winter

With the price of fuel increasing and household bills rising over the winter period this time of year can become extremely expensive, as we balance the cost of Christmas with increased energy costs.   To help support our older tenants during the winter months, we have teamed up with the Derg Local Area Growth Partnership to deliver winter warm packs to Rural Housing Association tenants over 60, living in Victoria Bridge, Newtownstewart and Ardstraw. Funding for these packs has been supplied by the Policing & Community Safety Partnership.

These Winter Warm Packs are filled with items aimed at keeping older people warm over the winter months.  As the weather gets colder we have to keep our heating on for longer, particularly if we are spending most of our time within our homes.  As a result of the ongoing pandemic and the emergence of the Omnicom variant, it is anticipated we will spend even greater amounts of time in our homes than pre-pandemic. Therefore it is vitally important that we ensure we keep warm this winter.

Age UK have issued the following tips on keeping safe this winter:

  • Keep moving: Try not to sit still for more than an hour at a time. Even a little bit of activity now and then can help you maintain strength and mobility. This can be easier said than done. You might well have found that you’re not feeling as fit as you did before the coronavirus pandemic started – if so, you’re not alone. The important thing is to do what you’re comfortable with and build up slowly.
  • Eat well: Spending more time indoors and doing fewer of the things we enjoy means it can be difficult to keep up the motivation to prepare meals. But it’s good to try and keep to a routine. It’s a good idea to keep your cupboards stocked with some basics just in case you can’t get out to the shops – whether due to illness or bad weather.
  • Get your winter vaccinations – even if you’re fighting fit:  This winter, respiratory viruses are expected to be more widespread, as we were less exposed to them during the coronavirus lockdowns. So it’s especially important to get your vaccinations this year.
  • Make sure your home is warm enough: Try to heat your home to a steady and comfortable temperature throughout the day and wear extra layers to keep yourself warm. Close the curtains at dusk to help keep heat in.
  • Wrap up well and stay stocked up: Wearing plenty of layers is the best way to keep warm in winter. If you’re heading out, make sure you take some extra layers, even if you don’t need them immediately – the temperature can drop significantly when the sun goes in.

Visit: Staying healthy and warm in winter | Age UK for more helpful tips on keep warm and healthy this winter.