Event date: 03/05/2017
News date: 21 Apr
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Items such as raised toilet seats, bath boards and seats, walking frames, and grab rails can make a real difference to your safety and independence.
A sudden dip in temperatures can be uncomfortable and inconvenient for many of us.
But if you are on a low income or have a medical condition then the problems which you experience can be even greater. Getting around can be trickier, and you may be worried about how you are going to pay for increased heating costs.
And for many older people, and those with existing medical conditions, cold weather brings with it the increased risk of hypothermia and other health problems.
The following are a few tips to help you to stay warm whoever you are, and to ensure that those around you are safe and well.
Check the Met Office website for the latest weather forecasts, and to see what's happening over the next 5 days. Individuals can put their home area into it to check local weather conditions for their journeys to work.
If you're travelling around London then use the Transport for London Journey Planner to check your route on any day when there might be problems, particularly if severe weather is forecast.
Older people and people with health problems can be especially vulnerable during a cold snap, or in the event of an unexpected power cut.
UK Power Networks can offer additional support to vulnerable people during power cuts. If you are on their list of registered people then they can take action in the event of a power cut to ensure that you receive priority support.
If you or someone you know is particularly at risk during cold weather then don't delay - go now to the UK Power Networks website or complete this form to register with the scheme
Either email the completed form to email@example.com, or post it to:- Priority Service Co-ordinator, UK Power Networks, Fore Hamlet, Ipswich IP3 8AA.
You could get between £100 and £300 tax-free to help pay your heating bills if you were born on or before 5 January 1953. This is known as a 'Winter Fuel Payment'.
Find out more on the government's website.
You may also qualify for a Cold Weather Payment if you are getting certain benefits.
Switching your fuel provider may be another way of saving on heating and other gas and electrical bills. But check that this will definitely be the case before doing so. A number of websites offer comparisons between companies and tariffs. For instance the Which? Switch website (run by the Consumers Association) allows you to compare tariffs by entering some simple details. The service is free and impartial. Uswitch also does the same thing, and is also free and impartial.
There's also lots of useful information on the MoneySavingExpert website.
If you are unsure about doing this yourself, you could ask a relative, or a friend or neighbour you trust, or go to your local Citizens Advice Bureau to ask for help and advice.
The government have produced a leaflet called Help towards lower bills and warmer homes with all the information which you need.
The Healthier Homes service, for residents of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham aims to help residents who struggle to heat their homes adequately during winter months and run the risk of cold related ill health. Contact them on:
You may also find it useful to look at the following pages on People First:-
And Age UK have produced their own tips on preparing for winter.
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