Keeping warm and well this winter

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By Yarlington | Thursday, December 05, 2013, 09:54

As the Government announces a scheme to reduce heating bills for low income households, one local organisation is taking its own steps to ensure that the elderly do not suffer this winter.

Having secured Somerset County Council funding, Yarlington Housing Group is now able to offer their residents free alarms to alert them to drops in temperature in their homes.

The free personal alarm with a temperature sensor is available to residents who are aged over 65, on a low income, disabled or have a long-term health condition. It is activated when extreme temperatures are detected, or when there is a sudden drop in temperature, and send an alert back to Yarlington to provide assistance.

Jo Jenkins from the Retirement Living team at Yarlington said "When people are less mobile or have medical conditions, they are not always aware of the change in temperature. A cold home can have a big impact on health, and keeping warm helps to prevent colds, flu, heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression".

Anyone who is worried about a relative, neighbour or friend who may suffer this winter should contact the Alarm Team on 01935 404500.

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