KEEP WARM, keep well – that’s the message Age UK are sending out to vulnerable and older residents across the borough this winter.
The Winter Warmth Campaign, which is co-ordinated by Solihull Council and Age UK Solihull, is offering free advice, information and help to residents who are at risk from the cold.
Those most vulnerable in Solihull are aged 75 and over with pre-existing chronic illness including heart conditions, circulatory disease, asthma, COPD, depression and anxiety, diabetes and arthritis.
For those most vulnerable, spending just two hours in temperatures of 12°C increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
A special Solihull Winter Warmth helpline has again been set up on 0121 704 8080 for people who need urgent help this winter. The helpline is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and offers help with an emergency heater if the central heating system breaks down, electric blankets if people cannot afford to heat their bedroom, warm clothing, emergency food supplies and debt advice and assistance to pay bills.
Coun Ken Meeson, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “We want to assure residents they are not alone this winter and help is always on hand to make sure that they can stay warm and healthy in their homes.”
“I’d like to ask residents for their help in keeping an eye on their older and vulnerable friends, relatives or neighbours this winter and to call the helpline if they have any concerns.”
Top tips for keeping warm this winter:
• Keep internal doors closed to stop draughts
• Have at least one hot meal and hot drinks throughout the day
• Layer up – many layers of clothing are best
• Close curtains at dusk
• Ensure the heating is 21°C in the home
• Keep the heating on overnight
• Ensure the home is well insulated and boiler serviced
• Contact an energy supplier about how to reduce your energy bills.