Are your elderly family members' health insurance plans providing the best medical care for them?
You may want to go through their current policy with them to check if there's a better suited private health cover available – with government body NSW Health warning people to be aware of the risk of hypothermia.
NSW Health says there has been a "marked increase" in the number of people being taken to hospital after developing the condition – with older people particularly being at risk.
Around 19 people – mostly elderly – were taken to hospital with hypothermia over the last week said medical epidemiologist Dr Richard Broome on August 8.
"People should dress warmly, not only when they go outdoors but also when they are inside and it is cool, especially at night when the temperature drops," said Dr Broome.
"It is important people are aware of the signs and symptoms of hypothermia, particularly in the elderly who can be most vulnerable to this condition."
Dr Broome said that the elderly were especially susceptible to the condition as their ability to bear periods of exposure to the cold is reduced.
"Throughout winter, it is important to keep an eye on elderly neighbours or elderly family members who live alone. Elderly people, especially those who live alone, should consider wearing a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS)," he added.