A Fylde Coast care group has issued an appeal for people to check on friends, relatives and neighbours as the cold snap begins to bite.
As forecasts of bitterly cold weather plunging to sub-zero come in, the Caring Hands Group – which covers Lancashire from its Lytham offices – has highlighted the dangers of hypothermia for older people. Those with heart or breathing problems may also have worse symptoms during a cold spell and for several days after temperatures return to normal. The firm’s director of Care, Liz Walker, said: “We’ve been fortunate so far but the cold weather has started and we don’t want it to catch older people off-guard.
If others can just keep an eye on them and help them before the weather gets too severe then this may be all the difference in some cases. “Hypothermia can quickly become life threatening and should be treated as a medical emergency in all cases. It is usually caused by being in a cold environment and can be triggered by a combination of things – such as being outdoors in cold conditions for a long time, living in a poorly heated house or falling into cold water.”