Look out for others

Content originally from Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership

It’s really important to ensure you keep well during the colder winter months. It’s also great to keep an eye out for others during this time of year too! Particularly, those who have a harder time helping themselves.  There are plenty of simple, practical things we can do to help an elderly or vulnerable friend or neighbour this winter. 
Top Five Things You Can Do to Help

1.) Encourage someone to access healthcare.
If someone seems unwell or they are concerned about something to do with their health or medication – encourage them to contact a healthcare professional. A pharmacist can help with a number of health concerns. The NHS App can also be handy to download for them so they can book appointments, check results and reorder prescriptions from their own device.
Get The App

2.) Encourage someone to boost their immunity and get vaccinated.
Encouraging someone who is aged 65 and over to get their free flu jab is an important way for them to protect their health. It’s also really important to encourage them to have their COVID booster vaccination too, or even their first jab if they haven’t had a vaccine yet. 
Find out where to get vaccinated essexcovidvaccine.nhs.uk Where to Get Vaccinated

3.) Make time for relatives, friends and neighbours.
The darker colder nights can be really hard on people who live alone. Especially if they are elderly too. Why not knock on their door and see how they are doing? Age UK offers free weekly friendship calls for over 60’s.

4.) Check if someone has everything they need.
The colder months can make it a little harder for some people to get out and about. Ensuring someone has store cupboard essentials, tinned and freezer foods, doing an online shop for them or picking up milk and bread can make a huge difference.

5.) Check their home is warm and safe.
Winter and darker nights means spending more time at home and therefore higher energy bills. Around 1 million people aged over 60 live in fuel poverty, meaning they can’t afford to heat their homes. If someone is saying their home is very cold or they are worried about heating their home, look up your local council’s warm home scheme for more information.

It’s also really important that people have a working smoke alarm, proven life savers, in their home. You can request for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service to check someone’s smoke alarm. They will visit any home in Essex and fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge.
Complete online form or call by visiting https://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Home_Fire_Safety Check Your Smoke Alarm