Look after your vulnerable neighbours during cold weather

Published: Monday, 11th December 2017

Residents are being encouraged to lend a helping hand to vulnerable people this winter.

Elderly neighbours or those who have learning or physical disabilities could need a bit more help as weather conditions worsen, so Stoke-on-Trent City Council is asking people to help out where they can.

Councillor Ann James, the authority’s cabinet member for health and social care, said: “Anyone can help their elderly or vulnerable neighbours by performing some simple actions. Ensure their home is warm and they have everything they need to manage during cold spells.

“Picking up shopping or medicines for them during bad weather can make all the difference and could prevent them having to leave the house themselves and risk a fall.”

Here are some tips for helping a vulnerable person over winter:

  • Drop in on neighbours or friends who are elderly or who have learning and physical disabilities once a week – more often if the weather turns very cold.
  • Make sure their home is heated to at least 18°C to 21°C in winter.
  • Encourage them to get heating and cooking appliances safety checked and keep their home well ventilated.
  • Ensure the person you are looking in on is eating well and has the essentials as well as meals and soups in the cupboard.
  • Ask if you can collect any prescriptions or take the person to the GP for any appointments.  
  • If it snows, clear their path or door areas for them.

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