Severe winter weather

With forecasts showing that a severe winter may be on the way, what are the symptoms of hypothermia, how can you treat it and how do you reduce risks for service users?

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With forecasts showing that a severe winter may be on the way, what are the symptoms of hypothermia, how can you treat it and how do you reduce risks for service users?

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Hypothermia is a very real risk for older people, especially those with medical conditions that make them vulnerable to the cold. Care homes should ensure that all of their staff are trained to recognise the signs and symptoms of hypothermia and know what to do if they suspect a resident may be suffering from it.

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