Look out for family, friends and neighbours
By taking simple steps like helping out elderly family or neighbours, and being prepared for colder weather, we can help each other to stay safe.
If you know or support older and vulnerable people, please do all you can to help them.
Check on older and vulnerable neighbours and relatives to make sure they:
- are safe and well
- are warm enough, especially at night
- have stocks of food and medicines so they do not need to go out during very cold weather.
If you’re worried about a relative or elderly neighbour, contact your local council or call the Age UK helpline on 0800 678 1602 (8am to 7pm every day).
If you know someone who is frail, elderly or has an existing health problem and they are feeling unwell, encourage them to seek early advice; go to their local pharmacy or phone their GP practice before the issue escalates and their health deteriorates.
Help us help you and others stay well this winter.
Slips, trips and falls
The darker days, wet and slippery ground, and falling leaves during winter means slips, trips and falls are more likely.
Older people are particular at risk of having a fall during the winter months. Take extra care when out and about and avoid unnecessary outings when it is icy or snowy underfoot. Wear a pair of sturdy shoes with non-slip soles to help prevent a nasty tumble and potential injury and use a walking stick if needed to help steady yourself.
Help keep well and protect others this winter by following the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and guidance.
Coronavirus remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others.
- Meet outside, or open windows or doors for indoor visitors
- Take a regular lateral flow test a couple of times a week, even if you do not have symptoms as you could still infect others
- If you think you have symptoms stay at home and arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible
- Wear face coverings in crowded places and on public transport
- Check in to venues when you go out
- Wash your hands with soap regularly, and for at least 20 seconds
- Get vaccinated
Find out how to stay safe and help prevent the spread.
You can find local information about coronavirus (COVID-19) here and additional guidance and support on the GOV.UK website