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Barriers to keeping warm in later life


This qualitative study used in-depth individual interviews with older people (n=50) and health and social care staff,(n=25), alongside six focus groups with 43 participants and a consultation event. Temperatures were measured in the homes of the older people interviewed. The data indicated a lack of awareness among participants of the importance to a person’s health of keeping warm. A summary of findings related to the themes of awareness, money, mindset and machinery is presented here, with reflections on their relevance to nursing in terms of identifying older people at risk of the negative health effects of cold, their assessment and support.