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Elderly offered advice on keeping warm this winter

Published: 4th December 2020 16:29


A LEADING home care provider is offering elderly and vulnerable people in Devon free advice on keeping warm in the winter months (2020/2021).

HomeLife Carers says it is extremely important for those with reduced mobility or who are aged 65 and above to keep warm and to have a well-heated home this season.

Katie Jewell, Regional Manager for HomeLife, which has offices in Barnstaple, Okehampton, Plymouth and Tiverton, said: “We’re offering our free advice as expert carers to ensure that Devonians keep warm this winter. For starters, the minimum a home should be heated to is 18℃ as the cold weather can really affect the elderly and leave them susceptible to serious health problems.

“We advise those that can, to stay active, as it is a great way to keep warm. Simply getting up and walking around the room can help. If possible, it is best to not sit still for more than an hour at a time.

“Wearing lots of thin layers of clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres is a great way to maintain body heat too.

“Eating hot meals and drinking warm drinks regularly throughout the day is essential to keep yourself warm, as food is a vital energy source.

“Keep hot water bottles and blankets around the home if you’re feeling the chill. But take care not to fill bottles with boiling water.

“Our carers will be visiting our service users whatever the weather to provide the care they need and are able to make sure they are warm enough and fed and hydrated too.

“If anyone knows of an elderly person struggling to keep warm this winter, we would suggest they keep in contact with them regularly to ensure they have everything they need.

“Provide blankets if you can and keep track of eating and drinking habits. But remember to follow all the latest guidance in place with regards COVID-19. Anyone who feels they may need more help with caring for an elderly person should get in touch with us, as we provide home care services across Devon.”

HomeLife is looking to hire new carers to provide care to its service users and is offering flexible and supported learning for those wishing to advance their careers.

“Being a carer is a highly skilled, professional vocational occupation that is essential to the fabric of our society especially at the moment with the need to protect the NHS and those who are vulnerable and elderly. With a job for life like this, people can start at the very bottom and work their way up and we will offer them full training and access to industry-leading qualifications.”

Katie and her team want to hear from kind, honest and reliable people who are considering making a career for themselves in the care industry and would like to find out more.

Katie added: “No experience is necessary to become a carer, as free, full training is provided. We offer new recruits a five-day training induction and a 12-week on-boarding programme working towards a care certificate. We also offer flexible working hours, both full and part-time, as well as competitive wages and generous holiday allocation.

“It is a great opportunity for people to achieve a recognised qualification and they’ll also be able to have access to exclusive discounts online and in-store from retailers including Tesco, Primark and Argos. It also covers holidays and electrical goods.”

New recruits are given free uniforms, access to national staff discount scheme for many major brands, as well as 28 days paid holiday, paid travel between calls and paid mileage.

For more information about HomeLife, please visit https://www.homelifecarers.co.uk.

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