Dementia Toolkit

Carewatch have put together a Dementia Toolkit that can help people with Dementia to cope with the disease. The toolkit includes: includes:

  • Some simple facts about dementia
  • Tips to help you care for your loved one
  • Memory prompts that you can cut-out and use at home
  • Details of organisations where you can find additional help.

For further information visit http://carewatch.co.uk/blog/2014/february/11/infographic-dementia-toolkit/

Age UK Surviving Winter Appeal

Age UK Surviving Winter Appeal

Helping older people in Norfolk stay warm and safe this winter

For the past 3 years, we have worked with the Norfolk Community Foundation over the autumn and winter months to administer the Surviving Winter Appeal. We are doing so again this year.

The idea is that those who receive, but do not depend upon, the Government Winter Fuel Payment might prefer to give some or all of it to someone who needs it more than they do. Even if you don’t receive a Winter Fuel Payment you can still make a donation of any size.

Over the 3 years since the appeal began, 970 grants totalling £156,499 have been given to support older people who are in need of help with their energy bills or their domestic heating systems.

Helping older people living in fuel poverty

Heat or eat is a reality for many older people. Simply keeping warm in the colder weather can be a challenge for many vulnerable older people due to poverty and inadequate housing, leading to preventable health issues. Many older people are dreading the cold weather and will have to choose between heating their home and eating a meal.

  • Each winter one older person dies every 7 minutes from the cold weather
  • Over a third of older people say they live mainly in one room to save money
  • 1.7 million older people can’t afford to heat their homes
  • In winter 2011 to 2012, there were over 300 winter deaths among people over 85 years of age living in Norfolk.

Key messages to keep warm and protect your health are:

  • Keep your living room temperature at 70⁰F (21⁰C)
  • Keep your bedroom at 65⁰F (18⁰C)
  • Keep your bedroom window closed at night when the weather is cold
  • Make sure you wrap up well when going out in the cold.

To apply for a Surviving Winter grant, please contact Age UK Norfolk on 0300 500 1217.

Free Dementia Home Assessments

Free Home Assessments Available

Careline Community Service has received winter pressures funding to support older people living in West Norfolk to stay safe, warm and well in their homes this winter.

The Winter Pressures Initiative is aimed at predominantly reducing falls in and around the home, but also aims to reduce cold related deaths by considering housing conditions and accessing support and funding where possible.

The funding will support a 1.5 hour home assessment which will incorporate:

  • Falls prevention
  • Safety and security
  • Lighting
  • Warm and Well
  • Community alarm and assistive technology
  • General handypersons works and property maintenance
  • Fuel poverty
  • Housing options and home choice information if appropriate
  • Housing adaptation referrals

The funding covers the first hour of any works identified from the home assessment plus grab rails, handrails and bannisters which will be provided free of charge. Any additional works will be subsidised by the local authority at a rate of either £10 of £20 per hour plus VAT if applicable.

We aim to reach 200 clients from now until the funding runs out on 31st March 2015.

The service is open to clients over the age of 60 or with a registered disability. The client must either feel at risk of falling or may have had a fall in the past.

For more information or to book a Free Home Assessment call the Careline office on 01553 760671.