PEOPLE in the Redditch area and beyond are being urged to lookout for elderly friends and neighbours and to continue the spirit of goodwill well into the New Year.
Loneliness affects more than one million older people nationally and around 35,000 in Worcestershire.
Many older people may find themselves on their own for the first time this year after the loss of a loved one or may have families who do not live nearby.
Winter can be a difficult time for people who may have reduced mobility or are socially isolated. With the colder weather setting in, there are a couple of ways to help out friends, neighbours or family.
Knowing how to help isn’t always easy but there are a few ways to offer your support.
Reconnections is a free service that may be able to help someone you know connect to other people, places or activities near them.
Alternatively here are some ideas on how you can help.
Stop and chat – a friendly hello and chat can go a long way. Let vulnerable people know that would be available to help out if they need you.
Keep an eye out for winter illness – with temperatures lowering, the risk of illnesses in older people rises. If a friend or neighbour shows signs of being unwell, ask if there is a relative you could call or offer to call their doctor.
Heating – checking that someone’s heating supply is working properly can be invaluable and help prevent serious illnesses. Check they close their bedroom window at night, as breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.
You can contact Reconnections on 01905 740954 or visit their website at www.reconnectionsservice.org.uk