Age Concern has remained open every day for the last 18 months, for phone calls, food parcels, assistance. We have developed and delivered information sheets to hundreds of local people to help them stay safe and well. This winter is still not going to be 'back to normal', but we endeavour to still help you during this period.
Age Concern Todmorden recommendations to help you keep more comfortable whilst you remain at home during coronavirus.
- Watch the news once a day. The situation is changing daily, and you need to keep informed about what to do.
- Limit the news to at most twice a day- don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by how depressing it is.
- Listen to the radio, including Classic FM and BBC local Radio – this will help to feel more like companionship than constant TV or silence.
- Phone people- even if you’ve never called them before. Use your telephone and chat to people- call friends, family, people you attend church/groups with. If you’re nervous you could always start with “is this a good time to talk, I can always call again later?”. Many people are living alone through this and we all need social interaction.
- If you have received a note through the door offering help from neighbours, then use them! Don’t feel anxious, many people are eager to help you. If you have any worries contact us and we can help you think through using a volunteer safely.
- Go out for walk. Go and get some fresh air and stretch your legs.
- Keep active and moving- get out of your chair EVERY HOUR. Walk up and down stairs. There is a threat of stroke, falls and DVT, so ensure you are walking about, lifting your knees, swinging your arms.
- Wear your pendant alarm. Keep a mobile phone in your pocket if you have one- then you can contact someone if you feel unwell or have a fall. Have an arrangement with a neighbour that you will open your bedroom/lounge curtains at a certain time- if you haven’t you call each other to check you’re ok.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Not drinking enough is a cause of falls. Get up every hour and get a cup of tea or small glass of squash, and go to the toilet so you don’t worry about accidents.
- There are lots of facebook groups who can offer help or online socialising including Tod Chat and that, Todmorden Kindness, etc, do take a look.
- SCAMS- there is already an increase in scams. People are more likely to be caught out as it’s a confusing and stressful time. Take 5 minutes, pause. No company (eg Amazon)/bank etc will ever need to contact you via telephone. If you are not sure then speak to us first before doing anything-every decent organisation will be happy to wait for a few days whilst we check them out.
- If you have a cleaner/carer and would like to retain them maybe stay in a separate room, and clean the door handles etc after. They must not come into your house for 2 weeks if anyone in their family has any symptoms, nor should you let them in if you have any symptoms.
- If you have a mobile phone/tablet see if you can learn to skype or facetime with your family so that you can see them and share group chat.
- Keep your brain active- read, do puzzles, sort old photos, write down family stories.
- Remember, we’re all in it together. Keep in touch with each other.