Phillip Froggatt tells ITV News Central how Derby City Council's "Stay Warm and Healthy" campaign helped his mother Margaret. Housing officers found she had no heating or hot water at her home. The team have since put an emergency heating system in place, as well as ordering a new boiler.
Safia Iqbal from Derby City Council explains what the "Stay Warm and Healthy Campaign" is all about.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Forcing people to pay for parking via a mobile phone has been described as discriminatory towards older people. Under new plans by Nottingham City Council drivers will only be able to pay by mobile phone in three new parking pay-zones.
The Nottingham Elders' Forum says it is no good for people who do not regularly use mobiles or who pay with credit and debit cards.
Michael Sibert reports.
Nottingham City Council's plan to introduce a method where people pay for parking using their mobile phone have been criticised by a forum for older people.
The Council say the pay method has been a success around the country.
But Glenise Martin from the Nottingham Elders' Forum has described the proposal as 'disgusting'.
Nottingham City Council have defended plans to introduce a system to pay for parking by mobile phone, arguing it is used successfully around the country.
The proposals have been criticised by the Nottingham Elders' Forum as 'discriminatory' towards older people.
– Nottingham City Council spokesperson
The pay by phone system we are proposing is used extensively with great success throughout the country.
However if there are concerns, we are currently consulting on this proposal and will happily listen to what people have to say.
It's also important to note that residents and visitors of residents in these areas will not have to pay any charges at all.
The Nottingham Elders' Forum have described Council plans to introduce methods to pay for parking by mobile phone as 'disgusting'.
Nottingham City Council is consulting about the proposals and argues the payment system is used successfully around the country.
– Glenise Martin, secretary of the Nottingham Elders' Forum
I think it is disgusting, particularly in a city that is supposed to be age friendly.
Many older people out there don't have mobile phones. Others don't have cards as they are worried about getting into debt.
So what are they meant to do?
They are only bringing it in three streets at first, but I'm sure they will eventually roll it out even further.