We often take for granted the basics that could be a big help in a situation during the winter when the weather causes power outages, frozen pipes and other inconvenient mishaps. We need to go back to basics and make sure we’re prepared!
Stock up on tinned foods
If the weather gets so severe that it’s not safe for you to venture out in to the cold. It’s always a good idea to ensure that you are well stocked on the essentials. Bottled water and non-perishable goods such as tinned foods will ensure that you have a sufficient supply during harsher weather.
However if you do need to attempt a trip to the local shop. Order yourself some ice grippers to put on the underneath of your shoes. This gives you better grip on the snowy and icy pavements.
Ensure you’ve got torches (with batteries).
In case of any power outages you should ensure that you have a torch at hand, with new batteries so that you have light in case of an emergency. There can be many hazards in the home especially for people with reduced mobility, so sufficient lighting is essential for your safety.
Portable kerosene heater
If you should experience a power outage, it’s not just light you’ll need. You also need an alternative heat source like a portable kerosene heater. You can find these online or you can ask a relative to source one for you.
To aid in keeping a warm body temperature, you should also invest in some good quality thermal clothing. Locking in the body heat is essential for your health in winter.
An electric blanket has been a saviour to many in the colder months so we’d definitely say that this is a worthwhile investment. Snuggle up of a frosty winters’ night under a soft and cosy electric blanket. I can’t think of anything better.
Last but not least….
Ask for help
For anyone with limited mobility, the cold can severely affect your range of movement so don’t hesitate to ask for help from family, friends or carers. They can help you with any day to day tasks such as getting in and out of the bath or shower. Even if your usual routine includes bathing independence with your own walk in shower or bath. It is essential that you ask for help when your mobility becomes more problematic as a result of the weather.