Winter advice and support for older people

Living and ageing well over the winter period 2019

Getting a little help and support when you need it can make a big difference in staying independent, safe, and at home. Here are some useful advice, phone numbers and website links to help you stay independent and healthy.

Download the poster about winter help and support for older people [pdf]

‘11 top tips’ for ageing well in Warrington

  • Get your flu jab – the flu vaccination is available to all people over 65 and it’s free because you need it!
  • Heat your home – rooms should be heated to at least 18C and your boiler should be serviced regularly.
  • Reduce your risk of falling – remove potential hazards, wear sensible shoes and take care when out and about, especially in icy conditions.
  • Mental health and wellbeing – recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions and seek help early. 
  • Attend health screenings – make sure you attend health screening appointments when invited.
  • Eat a good healthy diet – eat a healthy and balanced diet and try to include five portions of fruit and vegetables per day.
  • Regularly review your medicines – your GP or pharmacist can give you detailed advice on the medications you need to stay well.
  • Involve yourself in the community – keep yourself active and involved in your community as this will help stop you from becoming isolated and lonely.
  • Check your benefit entitlement – make sure you are claiming everything you’re entitled to. 
  • Keep hydrated – drink plenty of fluids throughout the day and limit alcohol intake
  • Independent living – consider the support you need to continue to live independently at home.

Useful services and websites

  • Warrington Wellbeing Service provides information and face to face support for adults in Warrington who want to make changes in their lives. 
  • My Life Warrington is an online directory with key information about local community services and support networks to help you at home and in the community. 
  • Happy OK Sad is Warrington’s mental health awareness website, offering practical information and support services around mental health with pages especially for older people. 
  • Age UK provides support and advice specific to older people including advice about money, housing, wills and trusted tradespeople. 
  • Citizens Advice provides information and support, including checking that you're claiming all of the benefits you're entitled to.
  • Independent Age is a national charity which provides support and advice to older people who want to remain independent on their own terms.
  • The Silver Line is a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship, loneliness and advice to older people, open 24hrs a day every day of the year.
  • WIRED Warrington Carers Centre offers support and advice to carers of all ages. 

Need more help at home?

  • Care agencies can provide professional carers or personal assistants to visit you at your home to provide care. Take a look at more information on eligibility and paying for care or use the care cost calculator to find out about what you may need to pay towards your care. Local care agencies are listed in the phone book or on mylifewarrington.co.uk.
  • Warrington Disability Partnership is a local charity who can help you with mobility and independent living services.
  • WHiA is an advisory service for older, disabled or vulnerable people who own their own homes or live in private rented accommodation and wish to repair, improve or adapt their homes. 
  • The Smart Flat is a showroom of gadgets and equipment that could help you to be independent and at home for longer.
  • Carecall is the council’s 24hr community alarm service which can help you to maintain freedom of independence in your own home. 

Remember, if you feel that you or someone you care for may be in danger or are concerned about a possible safeguarding issue, contact the councils First Response Team on 01925 443322.