Spare a thought for the vulnerable this winter

Be a great friend or neighbour and keep an eye on the vulnerable this winter – that is the appeal from Denbighshire County Council as it prepares to deal with the wintry weather being predicted for later this week.

Denbighshire Social Services is highlighting how it is really important to make sure that your elderly neighbours are OK when temperatures start to drop, especially those who are house-bound, or who may not have family to pay them regular visits.

Councillor Bobby Feeley, Cabinet Lead Member for Well-being and Independence, said: “It’s estimated that more than a million elderly people will spend winter alone in the UK.  It’s particularly important to look out for elderly neighbours if you live in a rural area where access to amenities, shops and services could be limited or cut off to those who find it hard to walk or drive. 

“We are encouraging families, friends and neighbours to support older people and others who are vulnerable with every day tasks, such as shopping. A friendly telephone call or a visit to see that everything is well is also important to protect people’s well-being.

 “Keeping warm is also extremely important for the vulnerable and elderly during the cold weather and at least one room at home should be properly heated and people should also wear enough clothes to maintain body heat and make sure they eat properly.

“Of course, it’s important to keep an eye on the vulnerable all year round and a friendly call or an occasional visit to see that everything is well can make a world of difference to the health and well-being of individuals”.

If you are concerned about the well-being of an older person or someone who is vulnerable due to ill health or disability, you should contact Social Services on 0300 456 1000

Posted on Thursday 7th December 2017