As cold weather begins again, we must turn to our elderly relatives, friends and neighbours to help them through the winter months. Winter is especially hard on these beloved elderly people. We must show them our care and love by helping them survive winter warm, sheltered and well-fed.
The high price of domestic fuel in the UK is a major financial headache for many families. However, for a pensioner, this can be a life and death situation. If they cannot afford to heat their homes, they can become seriously ill or die.
Britain actually has the largest number of avoidable deaths attributed to the cold in Western Europe. What is especially shocking about this fact is that over two million pensioners are not claiming £2.8 billion of benefits.
The easiest thing you can do for your elderly this winter is make sure they are receiving the benefits that are due to them. The government has several different programmes for heating costs.
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Winter is also the time when most house fires occur. Ensure that your elderly have a fire extinguisher and know how to use it. Also, explain the dangers of carbon monoxide to them and install a detector if they do not already have one.
Illness also claims many of our elderly each year. There are plenty of free vaccination clinics available. Take your elderly to these clinics and get the vaccinations they need to remain healthy this winter.
The most important thing you can do this winter for the elderly you love is check up on them often. Make sure their home is warm enough and they have enough food to eat and water to drink. Pensioners generally do not like to complain, so the only way you will know if there is a problem is if you check up on them.
Encourage your friends, family and neighbours to remember their elderly this year as well. It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child. We also believe it takes a large group of well-meaning supporters to get our elderly safely through the winter.