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Winter tips on offer for Darwen residents
4:23pm Monday 22nd October 2012 in News
ELDERLY residents in Darwen are being urged to seek help to get prepared for winter.
The Decent and Safe Homes scheme offers advice on how to keep homes warm while keeping down energy bills.
The scheme, aimed at preventing unnecessary deaths and hospital admissions, offers a free handyman service for residents aged over 60 or for those receiving disability living allowance.
Those eligible can apply for small DIY-type repairs to be carried out, including easing doors, fitting door chains and spy-holes or changing light bulbs and hanging curtains.
Residents can also have a home-safety assessment to look at risks within the home such as loose carpets, loose handrails and other trip or fall hazards.
The scheme is backed by the council, NHS and voluntary organisations.
Dr Malcolm Ridgway, medical director at NHS Blackburn with Darwen Care Trust Plus, said: “This is a simple idea but one that can have a radical effect on people’s health and wellbeing. You can get more information from your GPs, nurses, social workers, Age UK and many other voluntary services.
“The scheme has been shown to reduce ill-health, hospital admissions and even deaths, so is well worthwhile residents being referred.”
For more information, call 01254 588822.
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