With a couple of months of winter still to go, follow our top tips for staying cosy and warm - indoors as well as out - until spring finally gets underway!

Dress the part

If you’re going outside, dress in layers and cover extremities with a hat, scarf and gloves. Clothes made from wool, cotton or fleecy fabrics are best. When you're indoors, wearing thick socks and/or slippers will keep your feet cosy too.

Be heat-savvy

At Brio Retirement Living, all homes in our welcoming communities are fitted with excellent wall and loft insulation and double-glazed windows, while some simple heat-savvy tricks – like drawing the curtains and closing doors behind you – will help you to keep even warmer for longer.

Reposition furniture

Making a few furniture adjustments can really affect how toasty a room feels. Is your sofa blocking a radiator for instance? Even if it isn’t, creating more space can help the heat to flow through a room more easily.

Think about décor

If you’re thinking about a room makeover, fitted carpets and lined curtains are the cosiest choices. For a quicker fix, you could put up a wall tapestry (very on trend) or invest in a sizeable rug instead – opt for one with a good knot count, which can help to trap warmth.

Service your boiler

A well-maintained boiler can make a real difference to how well your home heats up. To make sure yours runs efficiently, you should get it serviced regularly by an approved gas engineer.

Brio Retirement Living homes benefit from the very latest heating systems so you can move in knowing that everything’s going to be in great working order.

Heat strategically

Have your living room heated between 18 and 21 degrees and the rest of the house at about 16 degrees. If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat your living room during the day and your bedroom just before you go to sleep. In bed, you could use a hot water bottle to stay warm.

Warm up with food

Keep warm by swapping the salads for hearty home-cooked foods such as porridge, soups, and stews.

Our statement kitchens are perfect for cooking up a winter signature dish, with the added bonus of lots of storage space for all those tasty ingredients.

Keep the blood flowing

Stay on the go to boost your circulation. Move around at least once an hour and avoid sitting still for long periods.

Even a gentle outdoor walk will help keep you warm and our lovely communities – surrounded by open green spaces and attractive countryside – are the perfect spot to trigger those heat-releasing endorphins.

With plenty of amenities on the doorstep too, you could even stop off for a warming drink on your way home!

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