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Ten ways to stay safe and warm in winter

12th December 2016 - 0 Comments

snowflakesThe winter months can bring particular challenges for people living with illness and/or disabilities.  Here are 10 suggestions to help people stay safe and warm in cold weather.  If you or someone you know is struggling to live independently at home, call the Wellbeing Service on 01522 782140.

Keep healthy

  • Have a flu jab. You’re eligible for a free flu jab if you are aged 65 or over, pregnant, have certain medical conditions, live in a care facility or are a carer for an elderly or disabled person.
  • Stock up on some over-the-counter medicines and organise repeat prescriptions. You could even arrange a home delivery.

Stay safe and warm

  • Make sure your heating system has been serviced within the last year, and smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have been tested in the last month.
  • Help beat mounting winter bills by asking your energy supplier about changing you to the right tariff. Alternatively, changing supplier only takes a few minutes and could save you up to £400 a year.
  • Wear suitable clothing. Layering clothes is the most effective way to keep warm.

Pay your bills

  • For peace of mind, check that payments of your utility bills are up to date, including your phone bill. If you make over-the-counter payments, make arrangements in advance just in case you can’t get out due to bad weather.

Stay mobile

  • Take extra care in ice and snow. Would a grab rail help you to negotiate steps and thresholds at home?
  • Do you need help to clear icy or snow-covered pathways or driveways? Organising support in advance will help if you need to get somewhere quickly.

Keep in touch

  • The winter months can seem lonelier if you can’t get out to see friends and family due to bad weather. If you don’t have a friend or family member who can call on you regularly, consider a befriending service.
  • And finally, keep emergency contact details to hand, so you can always contact someone if you need to. Would you feel more confident with a personal safety alarm?
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2015 - We were presented with the ‘Better Together’ award for integrated service delivery by Foundations, the national body for home improvement agency and handyperson services.

2014 - We were commended as ‘Home Improvement Agency (HIA) Service of the Year’ by Foundations. We were appointed Lead Member for LILP when it was awarded the contract for the new Lincolnshire Wellbeing Service, which commenced on 1st April.

2013 - We became a founding member of Lincs Independent Living Partnership (LILP), now attracting national acclaim. We received straight passes in all eight of our new national Quality Mark Validated Assessment ratings, and four A and one B ratings in the new, advanced Approved HIA Assessment, becoming the country’s first ‘Approved’ HIA. We were also commended for ‘Excellence in Providing Adaptations’ by Foundations.

2012 - We were delighted when The Rt Rev Christopher Lowson, Lord Bishop of Lincoln, agreed to be our President, in recognition of the essential support we give to vulnerable people in Lincolnshire.

2009 - We were honoured to gain two Foundations’ awards for ‘Excellence in Providing Support & Advice’ and ‘Joint Agency of the Year’.