Most of us enjoy the sunny, warm weather that the summer months bring but things are different this summer for us all.
The coronavirus outbreak has meant big changes in the way that we all live. It means that this summer our lives will continue to focus around our homes. Social distancing will remain vital when we do meet family or friends and we will need to find different ways of keeping well and healthy.
The summer heat can affect us all but people who are at greater risk of harm from high temperatures are also at greater risk of severe illness from coronavirus. Older people and people with pre-existing health problems are vulnerable.
It’s important at the moment that we keep safe and well. This section has been produced to share tips, hints and supportive services for older or vulnerable people, so that a good and safe summer can still be appreciated and enjoyed.
Dudley Council, along with other local organisations have a range of support services and schemes that are working to help older or vulnerable people keep safe, well, happy and protected.
We want to make sure that people know where to get help and support, so no one feels isolated or doesn’t know where to get help.
Keeping healthy and well over the summer months
Hopefully we will enjoy a sunny and warm summer - something we could all do with this year! If the sun does shine and temperatures rise, make sure you keep an eye on your fluid levels, keep in the shade (always socially distancing from others) and stay sun safe outdoors.
Stay informed about Coronavirus
Keep in touch with the latest information about coronavirus through NHS and Government websites.
The most up to date guidance is here:
Find out more about Dudley Council’s support during the coronavirus outbreak
Stay informed about the weather
The UK is prone to extreme weather, from heavy rain to heatwaves, keep up to date with weather and temperature updates on our severe weather page.
You can also find useful information here on looking out for signs of dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
You can also visit the Met Office (the national meteorological service for the UK) and check the weather forecast and help you plan ahead, being aware of when a heatwave has been forecast.
Summer wellbeing leaflet
We have put together a Summer Wellbeing booklet if you wish to download it.