25th November 2015

Care home too cold?

A resident in a care home in North Yorkshire has died from severe hypothermia.  The inquest returned a verdict saying that she died as a direct result of the temperature in her room.


So what do you do if you are worried that a care home bedroom is too cold?  Of course you speak to the Manager or a member of staff and ask them to turn the radiator up, or in this case on.  But what you don't do is leave. 

Wait until the radiator and the temperature in the room is at the correct level before you go home.  Also remember that you are probably wearing clothes for outside and you may well be boiling hot in the home - but your relative is wearing indoor clothes.  

Put yourself in the shoes, or slippers, of your loved one.  They are sitting still with probably summer type clothes on.  It is vital that they don't get cold.  The recommended temperature for a living space is 21C and the absolute minimum temperature to avoid health risks is 18C. 

So if you are worried about the temperature in a care home bedroom there really is only one thing to do -


"Thanks very much for your help Debbie. I have actually passed your details on to a relative of a close friend of mine who lives in in the west country but has a recently widowed mother with Alzheimer's living in Kent. The daughter has a demanding job, a husband and teenage children so I thought she might benefit from the services you are able to provide. Jill from Tonbridge".