Help for vulnerable in winter

With the winter cold snap approaching, new campaigns are aiming to help those most in need through winter.

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Gedling offers radiators to 'Keep Warm this Winter'

Following on from the launch of the 'Stay Warm and Healthy in Derby' project, where Derby City Council are working in unison with AgeUK and the NHS, Gedling Borough Council in Nottingham has come forward with a similar scheme of its own.

Gedling Borough Council is offering radiators to those most at risk this winter... Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A free oil-filled radiator service is being offered there to people most in need.

Part of Nottingham City Council's 'Keep Warm this Winter' campaign, the scheme aims to help elderly people, along with the disabled, those with long-term health issues and low-income families.

Tips for the vulnerable in winter

Last winter there were 31,000 deaths in the UK linked to cold weather. With the cold snap approaching, Derby's 'Stay Warm and Healthy' campaign, looks to raise people's awareness of vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours.

Here's a few tips on how to keep warm and stay safe through the winter weeks and months. Experts say the elderly, in-particular, are far less likely to need hospital admissions if they get the right support.

Keeping your home warm and looking after yourself:

  • Draw your curtains at dusk and keep your doors closed to block out draughts.
  • Keep windows and internal doors closed to keep heat inside.
  • Have your heating system serviced and your chimney swept.
  • Food is a vital source of energy; eat well to keep your body warm.
  • Layer your clothing, rather than one thick item.
  • Heat is lost through the head and neck, so wear a hat and scarf even indoors.
  • Use a hot-water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm whilst sleeping.
  • Stock up on cold and flu medicines.
  • Find out if you are eligible for the flu jab.

For more information on how to stay safe through winter, visit the AgeUK or NHS websites.

Elderly need support at home to avoid hospital return

Elderly patients need the right support once they go home Credit: Daniel Karmann/DPA/Press Association Images

Elderly patients are more likely to end up back in hospital if they do not receive the right support when they go home.

The Royal Voluntary Service found that patients in Leicestershire who were helped by volunteers were significantly less likely to be readmitted.

Extra help for vulnerable people during winter in Derby

Advice about staying warm and healthy is being given out Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Additional help is being offered to vulnerable people this winter in Derby.

The 'Stay Warm and Healthy in Derby' campaign will start today giving advice to people who are elderly, disabled or pregnant.

The city council is also urging people to check on friends, relatives and neighbours.

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