Winter deaths fight boost

Older people in Mansfield are set to benefit from extra funding which has been approved by the Government.

Nottinghamshire County Council has been successful in its bid for £243,000 to help prevent deaths and hospital admissions for the over 75s across Nottinghamshire this winter. Other vulnerable people, such as those with learning or physical disabilities, could also benefit from the money.

Approximately 400 vulnerable people die in Nottinghamshire a year due to cold weather and the impact on their health - around 53 of them are from Mansfield. The Warm Homes Health People Fund will pay for:

l Temperature sensors which alert a central monitoring team when the temperature drops below a certain level.

l Approved handy people to carry out thermostat checks, radiator bleeds and insulation checks.

l Electric blanket safety check and exchange.

l Energy advisers to visit homes and help people switch tariff, get home insulation and energy saving advice.

Free information packs containing wall thermometers and keeping warm literature.

Training and information for front line staff from health, social care, housing support, coal merchants and pharmacies.

Councillor Kevin Rostance, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “This is fantastic news for Nottinghamshire. We will use this money to deliver practical support and advice to the most vulnerable people in our county. We believe this action will help avoid needless deaths and hospital admissions this winter.

“Although we will be doing a range of work, I would also urge everyone to do their bit to help out vulnerable people in their families or local area. A quick visit every few days to check someone is ok could be a real lifeline for them.”

Other agencies involved in the Warm Homes project include NHS Nottinghamshire, NHS Bassetlaw, Nottingham Community Foundation, Voluntary and Community Sector Older People’s Network, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, all district and borough councils, Older People’s Advisory Group.