Moving Home And Food Allergies.

Things to think of when moving homes, especially in different area.

Before moving

  1. Make sure you have enough medication before moving, this allows for the process of registering with a new doctor and you do not run out.
  2. When applying for a new school speak about your child’s allergies, see link below for Children And Young Adults.
  3. Find out where your nearest doctors and hospital are located.
  4. Does the property that you are moving to have ambulance access?
  5. Find out about your local restaurants and takeaways. As on the day you move you might not want to cook.
  6. If the journey is going to be long and you need to stay over night in a bed and breakfast or hotel, make sure upon booking that you mention your allergies. (remember to mention upon arrival, and at mealtimes)
  7. What is the mobile signal like in the area? Especially if needed in an emergency.
  8. Give as much notice to old suppliers and new suppliers for your moving date. This is because companies like phone and broadband may take several weeks to set up. It maybe worth seeing if you can tether off your phone network for data for your tablet or computer without going over your allowance in case your broadband is not ready in your new place. If your data usage is not unlimited then change your settings so that you cap the data that you use. Apps that also autorun videos can use data, so it might be advisable to turn off autorun in the app until you have stopped tethering.
  9. Speak to the removal people about your allergies in case the allergens are brought onto your premises either end.
  10. Pack and label your kitchen equipment separately, from the rest of the households.
  11. If you are moving jobs, speak about your allergies and their policies. See link below Allergies And The Workplace.
  12. Check out your future local stores, do they stock allergen free foods, alternative milk, so on.

On the day, or settling in.

  1. Make sure you Adrenaline Autoinjectors are at hand. (stress, and exercise can make reactions worse)
  2. If you have medication that requires to be in the fridge during travel, might be worth investing in a cool bag with some ice blocks.
  3. Register with your new electric supplier that you have medication that requires refrigeration, so if there is a power cut, they are aware. Also, mention that you have severe allergies and that you need to be put on the vulnerable list. See link below.
  4. Do not forget your alternative milk and put in your cool bag, and any drinks that you can have.
  5. Do not forget snacks for the day.
  6. Take a pack lunch if you feel that you are not ready to try the local restaurants or takeaways, as you might not want to feel like cooking.
  7. Make a note of emergency contact numbers e.g., out of hours doctors, taxi numbers, local hospitals.
  8. If you have a good consultant where you live, once you moved you can ask your doctor for you continue with this consultant. Under the NICE guidelines you can see other consultants in another area, as long as you are prepared to travel.
  9. When you have met your neighbours properly, speak about your allergies and your reactions. 

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