Getting About in Bad Weather Once You've Retired
Having issues with mobility can present daily challenges but nothing makes it quite so difficult as dealing with adverse weather conditions. For those in retirement and who are already coping with mobility difficulties, this is something that many fear.
It can be isolating, cutting you off at home – as well as increasing your heating bills! Snow and ice make it harder to walk or use mobility vehicles, and sleet or heavy rain can make getting about really difficult too.
It’s important to make sure there is food in the cupboards in the cold weather too, and this can mean needing to be out and about to go shopping. The main thing is to do it safely
ShoppingThe safest thing to do when there’s a particularly severe bout of adverse weather such as snow and ice, is to try not to go out or travel if possible. It’s easy to slip and fall, or have an accident if the roads are icy. But this isn’t always possible, and you may need to shop for food or visit the doctors or pharmacy for treatment or medication.
If you need to go shopping, it might be worth checking with friends or neighbours by calling them on the phone, to see if they can either go with you, or perhaps even shop on your behalf. Many chemists have a delivery service for medication, so look into this too. If you are a proficient user of the internet, plan ahead when bad weather is on the horizon and perhaps order food for delivery.
Age Concern stress that it’s very important that in the cold weather at least one hot meal is eaten every day, so make sure you take care of yourself