THE first signs of winter is one of great excitement for many as thoughts of sledging down hills and snowball fights come about.
But for elderly and vulnerable people, winter can be a miserable and often life threatening time of year.
As well as having a detrimental effect on physical health, lack of social contact during the cold winter months leave older people feeling flat and subdued – leading to anxiety and depression.
If you have an elderly family member it is quite easy to check up on them and make sure they are well, warm, have enough to eat and are living in comfortable conditions.
But what about those who don’t have any family? It only takes a few minutes to knock on a door and check but sometimes there are signs to spot before you even step foot on the garden path.
- Curtains are still drawn during the day
- Newspapers left in the letter box or milk not being picked up from the doorstep
- Lights left on through the night or alternatively no lights on at all
- A dog barking constantly
If any of the above apply and you can’t get any response from knocking on the door then don’t hesitate to call the police and ambulance services. It’s always better to be safe than sorry in these circumstances.