Our carers brave all sorts of conditions to get to our service users to provide them with the expert care they require.
Those we look after need care whatever the weather and we never let them down.
But we also care about our team members, so have put together some top tips for them, and any others out there, on going about their job in winter weather:
Stay warm and dry
If you’re walking to and from service users’ homes on your route, you’ll need to ensure you wrap up warm with a hat, scarf and gloves as well as a waterproof coat. Thermal vests are a must and you should also have a jacket or jumper as another layer over your uniform while travelling. Having lots of layers means they can easily be removed as and when you need.
Also, don’t forget an umbrella, as winter often means lots of rain!
Wear sensible shoes
Being on your feet all day is hard work, so it’s important you wear sensible walking shoes. In the winter they also need to have good grip to stop you slipping over when its icy.
Take a flask of tea or coffee along with you to keep you warm and a bottle of water to keep your body hydrated.
Ensure your vehicle is running smoothly
If you drive between calls you need to ensure your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition. It should be regularly serviced, and the oil and water levels are topped up.
You should also check that your roadside assistance is up-to-date and that any emergency numbers are written down in a safe place. You should also make sure your tyres are roadworthy and inflated properly.
Keep essentials in your car
Put together a winter car kit to keep in your boot. This should include de-icer to use when your windows are frosty as well as a spade or shovel if you are travelling in rural areas.
It’s also a good idea to have a blanket, torch and spare clothes and socks in the back in case of a breakdown.
Keep germs at bay
Take extra measures to keep cold and flu at bay at this time of year. Carry antibacterial hand gel with you on visits. You should also wash your hands regularly with soap and water and ensure your flu jab is up-to-date.
Health and social care workers are also eligible for a free NHS flu jab to help protect them and others around them from catching the flu.
Our service users’ and carers’ health are our top priorities. Carers are always encouraged to get a flu jab to stop the spread of infection. As part of our care plans, service users will be reminded to get them too. Read our top tips on avoiding getting the flu here.