Keeping the elderly warm during winter
A scheme has been launched to ensure vulnerable old people in part of Bath stay warm this winter.
The action group Energy Efficient Widcombe is working with charities, council staff and GP surgeries to ensure older people in an area with a high rate of winter deaths get the help they need.
Bath and north east Somerset has one of the highest rates of preventable winter death in the country, with Widcombe having the second- worst record in the district.
Analysis by public health doctors has shown that the most common victims are so-called asset-rich, income- poor women living alone in large cold houses.
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Energy Efficient Widcombe, which was set up to galvanise its community into action over climate change, says it is concerned by the statistics.
It is now arranging for the distribution of temperature gauges and leaflets to people in the area, working with district nurses, pharmacists, B&NES Council and the charity Age UK B&NES.
Where homes are found to be too cold, health workers call in Age UK, which assesses the property and tries to ensure changes are made to make it warm enough.
The Warmer Widcombe for Older People scheme is also looking to raise awareness of the risk of cold homes among relatives and neighbours of older people. More information is available from e.e. widcombe@ gmail.com.