|Staying Warm This Winter|
|Tuesday, 21 June 2005 03:36|
Winter is usually a time for quietly curling up at home and staying warm. It is a good time for reflection and thoughtfulness about your life, including your caring role. While the days may be shorter and your activities limited, remember that after the winter solstice on June 21, the days start getting longer again. This article has some tips on enjoying winter and taking care of yourself and the person you care for.
Winter warming tips
If heating bills are a concern, and you are cold, take a hot bath or shower or go for a brisk walk. The heat generated in your body will remove the need for heating for a couple of hours and you will be better for it healthwise.
If the person you care for is able to have a bath and go for a walk, it will warm them up too.
A huge amount of body heat is lost from the head and neck: wear a colourful or madcap beanie!
Invite friends and family over for a games night
Have a pot luck dinner where everybody brings a hot dish to share.
Working carers who receive the Carer Payment, Age Pension or Disability Support Pension, and care recipients on pensions get a Pensioner Concession Card. This card gets you a rebate on your electricity and gas bill. This is paid in instalments through your energy bill. For more information phone 1300 136 888 or visit www.nsw.gov.au/electricity
So get out the winter woollies, keep yourself warm and stay active and healthy this winter.
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