Recent research in Gloucestershire has highlighted that almost half of over 60’s live on their own.

Here are a few helpful hints to prepare you or your loved ones for this coming winter:

  • Service your boiler to make sure its safe and will be robust for colder temperatures.
  • Make sure tanks and pipes are lagged and your doors, windows and loft are insulated.
  • Ensure all radiators in the house are working fully, if not it may be worth getting them ‘bled’ before the turn in temperature.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working correctly.
  • Fit a carbon monoxide dector if you don’t have one.
  • Make sure you know where the mains ‘STOP’ valve is, so that you can turn it off in case of an emergency.
  • Check that electric fires are properly guarded.
  • Check that wired and flexes on electrical appliances (especially electric blankets) are undamaged and adapters are not overlooked.
  • Don’t forget to stock you cupboards and freezer with basic foods in case it’s too cold, or adverse weather conditions mean you are unable to go shopping.

In my experience, elderly people can often feel isolated and lonely. This is more prevalent during the festive season. If there is someone in your street or local area that may benefit from a few minutes of human contact, spare them a moment of your time. It could really brighten up someone’s day, to know someone cares.

If you are looking for care or support for a family member, a friend or for yourself then please get in touch with us. Our experienced team will be happy to talk with you.

 

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