Luton home carers placed on cold weather alert

A carer takes an elderly man by the arm in cold weather

As weather experts forecast a period of unusually cold and snowy conditions, a Luton home care company’s team has been put on full alert.

Home Instead Luton and Central Bedfordshire’s team of 60 caregivers look after more than 100 of the area’s most vulnerable elderly people.

“We have a contingency plan when we have cold weather,” said Maria Collins, the director of Home Instead Luton and Central Bedfordshire. “If the conditions get bad, we will be prioritising on the elderly who live on their own, those who need medication and those who need food support.

“As a company we will be stocking up on essential bread and milk supplies, asking our team to go out in twos and we even have a 4×4 vehicle to get through snowy conditions.”

Maria, a registered nurse, added: “Elderly people especially feel the cold weather and must make sure they keep themselves warm. We offer a number of tips so that they can do this.

“At this time, we would also ask that everyone becomes a CareGiver by checking that their elderly neighbours are ok.”

Home Instead’s top tips are:

1. Make sure that at least one rooms is well heated and can be used as a sanctuary.

2. Eat hot foods.

3. Drink hot drinks.

4. Wear extra layers of clothing.

5. Make sure that you move around frequently, the exercise will keep you warm.

6. Close your curtains to keep the heat in.

For more information about keeping well in the cold, visit this NHS website

For more information about Home Instead Luton & Central Bedfordshire, visit