There’s nothing better on cold, winter days than soaking in a warm, relaxing bubble bath.
But for many, frail older people, a dip in the tub to give themselves a boost and banish winter blues, can be a struggle.
Spiral Health, which runs nurse-led hospital units in Bispham and Rossall, is offering former patients the chance to benefit from a free mid-winter morale-booster – a free bubble bath.
Throughout February, people who have been treated at the Bispham hospital can visit for a relaxing bubble bath, which will be supervised by a member of the team, and a chat about their health.
Cheryl Swan, Spiral Health clinical director, said: “Our hospitals are busy and we need to give priority to existing patients, but we always think about our patients after they return home - so it is great to be able to offer this special service to former patients who may need a little extra help.
“When it’s cold and grey outside, a bath can do wonders for your morale, and baths are good for relieving aches and pains and reducing anxiety. Baths can also help ease the colds and coughs which are so prevalent at this time of year.”
The bathing service will be operated free on a first-come, first-served basis and will be subject to availability.
Cheryl added: “February and March can often be the coldest months. It can be a tough time of year for older people, especially those with respiratory or heart conditions. Older people produce less body heat, so are particularly susceptible to hypothermia.”
To help older people keep healthy and safe until spring, Spiral Health has produced a special advice sheet. As well as having a bubble bath, its top tips for winter months include: Take vitamin C and zinc supplements to help boost the immune system and fight winter bugs, eat five-a-day fruit and vegetables, wash hands frequently for good hand hygiene, keep supplies of food and medicine in to be prepared for bad weather, wear several thin layers of clothing if it’s cold and eat at least one hot meal a day.
Cheryl added: “It has been quite a mild winter so far, so we haven’t seen much of an impact on our hospital units. However, the coldest months may well be ahead of us and we are now at the beginning of the traditional flu season.
“It is always better to be prepared.”
For more information about the bathing service, call (01253) 655901.