This time of year can be chilly in more ways than one. As winter closes in, many older people need to find ways of keeping warm, both in their homes and in their lives. The risks of winter isolation can be purely practical – people may be unable to leave their homes or use public transport in snowy or icy weather. In addition, Christmas is the loneliest time of the year for some people. They may have no friends or family nearby, or any at all, or be recently bereaved. As the world around them rejoices in cards, gifts and family gatherings, the sense of isolation and loss can be overwhelming.

Our Live at Home Schemes know the importance of practical and social support. Dedicated volunteers and staff can pick up prescriptions or groceries if someone cannot get out and about. In addition, befrienders continue to provide company and chats, by phone if necessary. We also hold Christmas lunches of our own to ensure people can have a hot, celebratory meal – Northampton even got a grant from Waitrose that enabled it to put on two fabulous spreads for its members.

If you or a loved one are struggling to cope with winter, give us a call on 01332 296 200 or click here to find out about your nearest Live at Home Scheme. Remember, though, that even when the weather gets warmer, we’ll still be here to offer social and practical support.

Alison Slater

Services Manager – Community Services

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