Winter is well and truly here, and you are no doubt feeling the chill!
Here are our hot tips on keeping warm and cosy for everyone, whether you have seen a fair few winters in your time, have a disability, expecting a baby or have a mental health condition:
Keep Warm at Home
Try and heat your home to at least 18°C and drink plenty of hot drinks like green tea, coffee or hot water. If you are sitting for long periods, be sure to cover yourself with a blanket or shawl and avoid breathing in cold air which can lead to increased risk of chest infections. Stay snug and protect your health!
If you are sitting in a wheelchair, bundling up a warm blanket or Shear comfort tall slipper boot around your legs will effectively trap the body heat. Investing on a Medical Sheepskin or Sheepskin will be your best wheelchair accessory this winter and coming winters as it is comfy and cozy to sit and lean on.
Microwavable Heat Wheat Bags
The best alternative to a hot water bottle, Microwavable Heat Wheat Bags can warm you up quickly, are long lasting and safe to use. They are also useful in pain relief, anxiety, migraine, chest pain and any joint pains. Trust us, your new best friend. Check out our range of Heat Wheat bags online, and guess what, Australian made too!
Layers Layers Layers!
We all know the best option is to layer clothing when cold. But this may be difficult for a person with disabilities. So, instead of layering try wearing thin thermal layers.
It is beneficial to stay as active as possible throughout the colder months as immobility can make you vulnerable to infection. Here are some useful chair exercises from NHS, UK. Thera Exercise bands may be helpful for you to do a few of these exercises while you are on wheels.
Prevent Dry Skin and Dry Coughs
Aside from the cold, winter also means dry air. Air humidifiers put moisture back into the air preventing dry skin and dry coughs and can be life savers during the colder months. Beuer's Mini personal Air humidifier is perfect for the office or for travel, and quiet enough to also be used in the bedroom too.
At Statewide Home health care we have a special winter sale in store and online. Your home, your health, we care! Stay warm.
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We are sure there are lots of other tips you can share with our community to keep warm, so please leave a comment for us!