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Look after your vulnerable neighbours this Christmas

As the weather turns colder, we’re encouraging everyone to lend a helping hand to vulnerable people this winter.

Neighbours who have learning or physical disabilities could need a bit more help as weather conditions worsen, so please lend a helping hand where you can.

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

  • Drop in on neighbours or friends with 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.

If they do start to feel ill encourage them to visit a pharmacist and not leave it too long before seeking help. If they feel unwell out of hours they can call NHS 111 and they’ll be advised on the best course of action.

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