At some point in our childhoods, most of us have drawn the curtains back one winter’s day to see a soft blanket of snow stretching as far as the eye can see! Perfectly formed icicles reaching down from rooftops and puddles and ponds frozen solid to the core – these are magical moments for children as they learn about the power and beauty of nature!
Whilst many of us are dreaming of a White Christmas this year, not everyone is as keen to feel the big freeze. Plummeting temperatures can wreak havoc on water and central heating systems causing costly repairs, and snowfall can often cause traffic disruptions causing many of us to be late for work – all very annoying. However, for the elderly, disabled or vulnerable, the cold weather isn’t just an inconvenience, it’s a serious threat to health.
The best way to retain heat is by using lots of layers which trap the heat molecules. Wearing thermal underwear and vests under clothes, whilst adding extra layers such as cardigans and sweatshirts on top of regular clothes are great ways to keep warm. For those who have mobility issues, it can be more difficult to get warm. Being unable to exercise means that the circulation of blood flow around the body can be compromised and can lead to problems such as Raynaud’s. B&M Supplies has a variety of thermal solutions for anyone who struggles with mobility. Take a look at a few of our options for keeping warm this winter.
This beautifully soft and cosy Fleece Overlay provides added comfort and warmth and is ideal for users who spend long periods of time sat in chairs. The overlay is suitable for indoor and outdoor use and fits most wheelchairs, dimensions are 33” (L) x 17” (W).
Scooter users can protect themselves from rain, sleet, snow and icy temperatures with this scooter cosy. The waterproof outer and fleece lining provide warmth and comfort, while the full length zip makes it easy to put on and take off. There are also flaps at the bottom so your feet can rest comfortably at either side of the tiller.
This practical, lightweight cape offers all-round protection for both you and your scooter. The cape is made from waterproof nylon with a chest zip and has a transparent panel so you can see the controls and ensure road users can still see your lights, keeping you warm, dry and safe!
We want you to enjoy the holiday season whatever the weather, but if you or someone you know is at risk of being cold this winter, there is help available. There are a number of schemes which include: Cold Weather Payment, Warm Home Discount Scheme, Winter Fuel Payment, National Concessionary Fuel Scheme. You can find out more by clicking on the above options or by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits/heating