Keeping Care Residents Warm in Winter with Renray Healthcare
08 Dec, 2021
Exposure to cold temperatures through winter can affect anyone. However, the repercussions of the cold for the elderly is far greater. As we get older our bodies lose the ability to protect us against the cold and it is important to remain warm through other means.
The risk of respiratory problems, stroke, flu, heart events, and hypothermia are increased during the cold months for care home residents. It is known that there is a sharp increase in winter cold-related deaths as a result. Therefore, it is important to maintain a safe care home temperature both inside and out.
Here are seven economical tips to ensure your residents are warm, healthy, and comfortable this winter:
1) Maintain a steady room temperature
Ensuring any care rooms stay between 18 and 21 degrees is important. Close curtains and doors to stop any through draughts. Check heating systems are in good working order on a regular basis and if the temperature drops significantly below 18 degrees then take swift action.
2) Appropriate clothing inside and out
Layered clothing and looking at the correct fabric types are vital to staying warm. Clothing made from wool or fleece synthetic fibres such as polyester is better than cotton. Also, always remember to keep your feet, hands, neck, and ears covered, as a lot of heat is lost through these points.