Healthy ageing

Winter months

Getting a little help and support when you need it can make a big difference in staying independent, safe, and at home.

Flu vaccinations 

The free seasonal flu vaccination is offered to all people aged 65 years and over. 

Flu occurs every year usually in the winter and is a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. Flu is much worse than a heavy cold and can increase the risk of developing a more serious illness such as bronchitis and pneumonia, or can make existing health conditions worsen and in the worst cases, flu can result in a stay in hospital or even death. The vaccine is available to:

  • People aged 65+ 
  • The main carer of an older or disabled person 
  • Health and social care workers 
  • Pregnant women 
  • People under 65 who have a long term health condition (e.g. a heart condition, chest complaint, kidney/liver disease, lower immunity, stroke, diabetes, neurological condition)

Visit the NHS Choices website to stay up to date about flu vaccinations.

Ideal room temperatures

This temperature is particularly important if you have reduced mobility, are 65 and over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease. Having room temperatures slightly over 18°C could be good for your health.

The bedroom should be at a slightly cooler temperature of 18°C, and should be heated a couple of hours before going to bed and before waking up in the morning.

Key messages

  • Prepare your home for winter. Get your boiler serviced and find out about local borough council insulation schemes to keep your home warm and save money!
  • Regulate your room temperature at slightly over 18 degrees
  • Only heat the rooms you use
  • Stay safe at home by having a home safety assessment, and join iCAN, a free and confidential service, to find out about things that might affect you in your area