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Stay well this winter toolkit

With winter upon us, it’s never been more important to know how to stay well or where to go for the right support when you need it.

The winter 2019/20 edition of Options Wakefield is intended to help you, your carer and your relatives understand how your local health services can help you after discharge from hospital. There is also plenty of information to help you to live independently or access support and care services in your area.

Read it below:

Below are more tips, information and advice on how to look after yourself during the colder months.

Staying Warm

With temperatures plummeting, it's important to stay warm during cold spells. This can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions.

In Wakefield, the council's Home Energy Team has produced this information sheet to show you all the relevant choices available which will allow you to heat your home for less.

There is more information on affordable warmth and health on the Wakefield Council website.

Meanwhile the government has produced guidance on how to keep warm for over-65s, low income families and people living with a disability.

Eat well

Healthy food is a great source of energy which will help you keep warm and get the nutrients and vitamins you need to stay well.

There is an Eatwell guide on the NHS website.

Get your flu jab

The number of people eligible for a free NHS flu jab has topped 25 million this year (2019-20) and now includes all primary school aged children.

Other eligible groups include two and three-year-olds, those with underlying health conditions, pregnant women and older adults (aged 65 years and over).

Those eligible can get their free vaccine from their GP or pharmacy to help protect themselves and their families before flu reaches its seasonal peak.

Keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet

Being prepared by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home can help ward off many minor ailments before they get worse.

There is a list recommended by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, which will help you deal with most minor ailments.

What to do in a flood

Advice from the flood information service.

Further information about how to be prepared can also be found on the national “Floods Destroy” website.