Look after your vulnerable neighbours this winter

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As the weather turns colder, NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (MECCG) is 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 we are encouraging people to lend a helping hand where they can.

Dr Caroline Dollery, Chair of MECCG said: “Anyone can help their vulnerable neighbours by performing some simple actions. Ensure their home is warm and they have everything they need to manage during the cold spell.

“Picking up shopping or medicines for them during bad weather can make all the difference and could prevent them having to leave the house themselves and risk a fall.”

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 111 and speak to the NHS where they’ll be advised on the best course of action.

For more information on staying well this winter click here.