New booklet to help older people during winter

A new Winter Wellbeing booklet has been launched to help older people when temperatures start to plummet.

The booklet, which has been put together by Dudley Council, has been designed to give information to older people to help them take care of themselves and get support to stay safe and well during the winter.

It offers top tips to stay “winter safe” including keeping stocks of long-life tinned and frozen food and only going out in snow and ice if absolutely necessary. Tips to stay “winter well” including moving around regularly, even if stuck at home, and staying on top of medication to ensure it does not run out.

It also advises on several organisations who can help including Dudley Falls Prevention, which works to help people avoid falls and with recovery following a fall.

Dudley Telecare Service offers help 24/7 for older or vulnerable people, while the Winter Warmth service helps people keep their homes affordably warm over winter.

Councillor Cathy Bayton, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said:

Winter can be a difficult and challenging season for us all, but particularly so for older or vulnerable people.

The cold, wintry weather and dark nights can make it hard to keep warm at home, to get out and about safely, or to keep connected with people so you don’t feel isolated or lonely.

The council has a range of support services and schemes that can help people keep safe, well and protected over the cold winter months.

We want to make sure all older or vulnerable people know where to get help so no-one suffers during what can often seem like a long winter.”

The booklets will be available in borough leisure centres and libraries as well as at Dudley Council Plus in Castle Street at the bottom of Dudley town centre. They are also available online.

For further information, or to order a copy, call 0300 555 0055 or visit www.dudley.gov.uk/winterwellbeing

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