Preparing for the Festive Period
December 10, 2018
As mentioned in our previous post, Positive Help will be closed from Saturday 22nd December 2018 to Wednesday 2nd January 2019 to give everyone who donates so much of their time a break over the festive period. We reopen on Thursday 3rd January with service resuming on Monday 7th January.
In light of our closure, we want to help our service users prepare for the two week period over Christmas and New Year. There’s a lot of excitement and activity around this time of year, however it can be quite challenging when health and social care services run limited services. So it’s best to plan ahead and to be prepared.
The following numbers are useful to keep handy:
Emergency Social Work: 0800 731 6969
Crisis Centre: 0808 801 0414
NHS 24: 111
It’s important to take as many steps as you can now so that you, your friends, and your family are safe and well over this winter break. We have some tips to help you be prepared and plan ahead for winter conditions below.
- Wrap up well when going outdoors
- Keep your home at a constant temperature (max temp is 18-21°C)
- Wear plenty of thin layers rather than one thick one
- Wear something on your head (most body heat is lost from the head)
- Shut doors to keep heat in the rooms used most
- Eat and drink well. Food is a vital source of warmth
- Get advice from the Advice Shop or CAB or shop (0131 200 2360)
Make sure you look after your health
- Restock your medicine cabinet with some over the counter remedies that can be used to treat common winter illnesses. Your pharmacist can advise you.
- Order and collect your repeat prescription(s) before the festive holidays. Remember, check your existing supplies and only order what you need to make sure you don’t run out over the holidays.
- Note that your GP surgery may be closed for four days at Christmas and four days at New Year. If you need medical attention please phone NHS 24 by dialing 111 or visit NHS24.scot
Get ready for winter at home
- Know where your stop valve is and how to turn your water off
- Know how to turn off your electricity supply at the mains
- If cold weather is forecast and during a cold snap, keep your heating on at a lower temperature to help prevent pipes from freezing
- If you can’t heat all your rooms, make sure you keep your living warm during the day and heat your bedroom before going to bed
- Wear the right type of clothes – layers are best
- Stay active and talk to friends and family if you live alone!
What to do if you encounter damage to your home this winter
- If your pipes freeze, turn off the stop valve immediately. Drain all your cold taps but do not turn on hot taps
- Never attempt to thaw out frozen pipes by switching on your immersion heater or central heating boiler. Check for leaking joints or bursts in the pipes and if safe to do so, gently heat any frozen sections with a hairdryer or heated cloth wrapped around the pipe. Never apply a direct flame