Councillor sends out appeal to help elderly friends and neighbours this winter

Cllr Nigel Long with residents of Hungerford House
Cllr Nigel Long with residents of Hungerford House

Residents are being urged to look out for elderly friends and neighbours in a bid to avoid unnecessary hospital visits this winter.

MK Council’s cabinet member for adult social care, Cllr Nigel Long, has launched his ‘good neighbour’ campaign which is encouraging people to keep an eye on those over 65 and offer help and support to keep them healthy.

Cllr Long said: “The cold and damp weather can be bad news for our health - especially for older people.

“This winter, join me in keeping an eye on friends, family or neighbours who might be more vulnerable to winter illnesses, such as coughs and colds or slips and falls.

“Together we can make a difference and help prevent avoidable hospital visits this winter.”

Last year, more than 2,000 older people were admitted to hospital between November and February for common winter illnesses such as respiratory conditions, viruses or broken bones due to slips and falls. By taking simple steps like eating well, staying warm, not taking unnecessary journeys and ensuring a safe home.

Cllr Long’s campaign will highlight top tips for helping elderly residents and act as a reminder to think of more vulnerable over the coming months. There is also a toolkit on the page with posters and social med1a graphics so you can spread the message in your communities and organisations.

Visit https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/ social-care-and-health/nigel-s-good-neighbours