One of the best ways to keep healthy during winter is to stay warm. This means keeping your home warm, at a minimum of 18°C (65°F). Breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections, so don't keep windows open or the central heating off. Respiratory diseases, such as asthma, are made much worse living in a cold home, and people are more likely to have strokes and heart attacks.

In cold weather, remember to wrap up by wearing several thin layers of clothes, which is more effective at keeping you warm. Wear shoes with a good grip, to prevent falls and trips and an unnecessary hospital admission.

Local support

Action Surrey can provide information and advice on how to keep a home warm and grants that may be available for replacement boilers and insulation. Email or Tel: 0800 783 2503.

Find out if you are eligible for payments available such as the Winter Fuel Payment and Cold Weather Payment.

Age UK Surrey has useful information to help people to stay safe, warm and well in the winter. This includes money-saving tips and further advice and information on benefits and grants, advocacy and counselling. Tel: 01483 503 414

The Community Foundation for Surrey’s Surviving Winter Fund raises money to support charities and community organisation working with old people at risk. People who can afford to are encouraged to donate their Winter Fuel Allowance to this fund. Local community groups supporting older people can apply to this fund. Tel: 01483 409 230

Home Improvement Agencies and Handyperson schemes employ trusted handypersons who are vetted by the local council and carry out work for them on a regular basis, sometimes at a reduced rate. They are dedicated to helping older people, people with disabilities, and vulnerable people to live safely and independently in their own homes. Contact the local borough and district council for further information.