The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and the weather has turned chilly, Age Concern Swindon is urging local older people to take extra care in their homes this winter. (See below of extra heaters)
Every year more than a quarter of a million older people seek medical treatment in an Accident and Emergency Department as a result of a fall at home. A fifth of these falls result in a fracture and although most do not result in a serious injury the faller can also be at risk of hypothermia or pressure sores if they are unable to get up.
Ann Hurcomb from Age Concern Swindon commented: “The risk of falling increases as we get older – an 85 year old is five times more likely to have a fall than a 65 year old – so it is important that help is readily at hand. Older people can often feel particularly vulnerable during the colder and darker winter months but there are some things they can do to help them feel more confident in their own homes. Regular contact with family and friends for example or, if this isn’t practical, a personal alarm system will make them feel safer yet still let them live their lives as normal.”
A product such as Aid Call from Age Concern, enables an older person to gain instant help when they fall in their home, giving peace of mind to the older person whilst enabling them to maintain their independence.
The Aid Call alarm operates a two-way speech link to enable the person who has raised the alarm to talk to an operator within seconds. The operator can then in turn contact their chosen keyholder – a friend, neighbour or relative – who will come to their aid. If there is no contact available, the emergency services will be contacted.
Aid Call provides reassurance for over 40,000 people every year and the 24-hour emergency response system can be installed in homes anywhere in the UK, where possible within 48 hours of the initial enquiry.
Chris Last from Aid Call added: “We pride ourselves on delivering a top quality service to people at risk across England and Wales. We have a dedicated Emergency Response Centre on hand 365 days a year and answer an average of 1600+ calls over a 24 hour shift. 80% of calls are handled within 20 seconds, 90% within 30 seconds and 96.5% within 60 seconds to reach the target of 96.5%.
To find out more about Aid Call or to arrange a demonstration visit Age Concern Swindon at Number One Milton Road, Swindon or call them on 01793 692166.
Age Concern offer free extra or emergency heaters to ward off the cold snap
Now it's nippy, Age Concern Swindon is reminding local people that the organisation has electric convector heaters to lend and there's no charge for borrowing them though cash donations (not heaters) are always welcome.
To borrow a heater just call Age Concern Swindon on 692166 or call in to Number One Milton Road between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday. You can leave an answerphone message outside these hours.
It's helpful if arrangements can be made for heaters to be collected and returned to Milton Road but the organisation can deliver to anywhere within Swindon borough if need be.
It's never too late to plan for cold weather and Age Concern Swindon has lots of tips and information about keeping warm this winter. Call for a winter warmth information pack too.