As your local Good Neighbour Co-ordinator, I can help put older people in the community in touch with the services and people that can help them lead more independent lives. I can provide information on any topic affecting older people – no query is too big or too small. We are currently helping people find the support they might need to get ready for Winter. Please read on for more information.
Getting Ready for Winter
Few of us look forward to the arrival of the winter months, and as we get older our bodies can find it harder to cope with the cold, but by being prepared, we can stay warm and healthy this winter. Here are a few things to consider, and information about where you can find sources of help.
$1· Check the exterior of your property – are there any loose tiles, damp patches? Ensure your boiler has been serviced and chimneys have been swept. If you need it, Age UK has a list of registered traders to help you find the right person for the job.
$1· Is your property fully insulated? This will help keep your home warm and lower your bills. There are schemes running locally to provide advice on this, and you might be entitled to help with the cost.
$1· Are your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms working? Wiltshire Fire and Rescue carry out free home fire safety checks for qualifying households. Have a supply of salt and sand ready to put on icy surfaces.
$1· Ideally your living areas should be 18 – 21 degrees C during the day. We have a supply of free room thermometers, so please contact me if you would like one.
$1· Are you concerned that you may not be able to cover your fuel bills? There are grants available to support older people on state benefits who spend more than 10% of their income on fuel.
I can provide more information on all of the above, so please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any problems or queries about preparing for winter.