The winter can be a challenging time for many. This winter may be especially hard, given the current cost of living crisis which may see people struggle to heat their home.
As a community, it’s important that we all look out for our neighbours. So, if you’re able to, please knock on your neighbour’s door and see how they are.
Here are some top tips on how to be a good neighbour this winter:
- Encourage vulnerable people to wrap up and use a blanket, rug or dressing gown to keep them warm, drink hot drinks and eat regular hot meals
- Recommend using hot water bottles or electric blankets (but never both together) if the bedroom is cold at night
- Encourage them to close curtains and doors to keep heat in the rooms they use the most.
- Many older people are worried about falling on icy roads and paths and shopping is difficult, so check elderly neighbours have enough food and milk to last over the snowy period
- Check that they have a means of heating, at least in the room they are using
- Check people have any prescriptions they might need
Please give us a call if you’re concerned about a neighbour and we will do our best to help.
Remember, it only takes a moment to check on someone, but that moment may just make their day.