Charity offers advice to older people to stay safe and warm

As temperatures continue to fall across the country, older people’s charity Royal Voluntary Service is urging peopleto be prepared to stay safe and well.

Older people are particularly vulnerable, with the majority of deaths from cold weather in the over 75 age group.

The Royal Voluntary Service Winter Wellness campaign aims to encourage older people to stay both physically and emotionally well. The charity has teamed up with gas distribution company SGN to produce a free leaflet full of advice about how to keep safe, warm and in touch in winter.

Royal Voluntary Service Chief Executive David McCullough said: “It’s important to make sure you’re prepared for the drop in temperatures. Stock up on basics, have frequent hot drinks and warm meals and maybe just keep one or two rooms nice and warm instead of the whole home. Our volunteers can help with things like transport to medical appointments, picking up prescriptions or getting some shopping in if the icy temperatures mean it’s harder than usual for an older person to get out and about.”

Other tips include keeping torches, a battery-powered radio and spare batteries where they’re easy to find in the dark in case of power cuts and check weather forecasts from the Met Office.

Go to www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/Uploads/Documents/Get%20Help/Get_ready_for_winter.pdf or call 0845 608 0122 for a copy.