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Ensuring Seniors Stay Safe and Warm this Winter

Published Tuesday, 09 December 2014

Help is at hand for Ribble Valley residents worried about slipping on paths outside their homes, or with old and faulty electric blankets.

If you are aged over 80, living independently and in receipt of attendance allowance, or any age and in receipt of disability living allowance, Ribble Valley Borough Council will clear your path with a pressure washer to reduce the risk of slipping.

And if you are aged over 65 and have an electric blanket that is over 10 years old or faulty in any way you are entitled to a free replacement.

Ribble Valley has a higher than average proportion of elderly residents, 20 per cent compared to 16 per cent nationally, and the number over the age of 90 is expected to double by 2028.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s housing strategy officer, Rachael Stott, said: “Slips and trips increase during the autumn and winter for a number of reasons: there is less daylight, leaves fall onto paths and become wet and slippery and cold weather causes ice build-up.

“The council can pressure-wash slippery paths or grit those that are icy and is offering replacement electric blankets for residents whose blankets are old or faulty.”

Snow Angel packs include snow shovels, shoe grippers, bags of rock salt and high visibility tabards.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has also joined forces with the Little Green Bus, Age UK Lancashire and Help Direct to help senior citizens stay snug over the coming months.

As well as advice and information, the council can assist with boiler repairs and replacement, loft and cavity wall insulation, energy grants and electric heaters.

Age UK Lancashire can provide a welfare benefit check and Winter Wrapped booklet, which is full of useful tips for staying warm.

They also have a variety of groups and activities in Ribble Valley for residents aged 50 or over to help them remain physically active and combat loneliness.

Help Direct is a telephone, e-mail and drop-in information service giving residents the support they need to prevent a problem becoming a crisis.

The Little Green Bus offers Ribble Valley residents unable to access public transport a door-to-door transport service to such as the supermarket or GP surgery, as well as weekly day trips.  

Further details on staying safe and warm at winter are available on the Winter Weather and Gritting pages or by calling 01200 425111.

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