As the clocks go back on Sunday 28 October and the evenings start drawing in, Age NI Enterprises in partnership with the Ulster Farmer’s Union, is urging older people to take extra care at home this winter.
Ron Warwick, General Manager at Age NI Enterprises commented, ‘Older people can sometimes feel uneasy during the darker months. It’s so important to ensure that our older friends and relatives feel well, warm and connected in winter.’
‘There are many things people can do to feel more confident at home. Simple steps such as making sure that broken light-bulbs are replaced can prevent a fall in the darker mornings and evenings. Likewise, making sure that you have a salt and sand mixture handy to put on paths in cold weather is a good preventative measure. And of course, regular contact with family, friends and neighbours is always important – there’s nothing better than a good cuppa in great company to brighten a dark, winter evening!’
‘At Age NI Enterprises, we know that at times everyone needs a helping hand. Support from friends, families or neighbours, along with gadgets designed for the home, are there to help. An Age NI Personal Alarm is one such gadget that provides older people and their loved ones with the peace of mind that help can be accessed at the touch of a button, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.’
Harry Sinclair, President of the Ulster Farmer’s Union added, ‘The darker evenings can have a big impact on older people, particularly those in rural areas, who can often feel more isolated. It’s important to ensure that people in later life are supported in as many ways as possible to remain independent which is why the Ulster Farmer’s Union is delighted to partner Age NI Enterprises.’
For further information about the Age NI Personal Alarm Service, please contact Age NI Enterprises on freephone 0808 100 4545 or visit 10 College Street, Belfast, BT1 6BT to speak to a colleague in person.
Age NI Enterprises Limited is an Appointed Representative of Age UK Enterprises Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority for insurance mediation.