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There is lots of practical help, support, information and advice on offer from council services, along with other organisations, to help older or vulnerable people keep healthy, safe and well over the warmer, summer months.

These months can offer challenges to many people – particularly older people or people with health conditions.  We want to make sure that people know where to get help and support, so no one suffers unnecessarily, feels isolated or doesn’t know where to seek help.

Key support services offering specialist help over the summer months

Stay cool, hydrated and keep sun safe

Older people are more susceptible to dehydration. The ability to conserve water lessens as we get older and we can become less aware of being thirsty and have difficulty adjusting to temperature changes. It’s really important during warmer weather to keep hydrated. It’s also vital to avoid getting sunburnt by protecting your skin in the sun and to be aware of hyperthermia. Heat stroke is an advanced form of hyperthermia, that can be life threatening. 

Find out more about sun safety and heatwave advice on the NHS website.  Follow the links to seasonal health, summer health.

Get out and about

Daily exercise, even just a walk out in the fresh air helps you stay healthy. Let's get active outdoors is a council run programme full of free led and self-guided walks, fitness sessions, activities and health classes that take place in local parks and green spaces. The parks also have outdoor gyms with park activators - staff who work supporting daily exercise sessions. Find out more at Let's Get and about walking for health.

Avoid falls

For anyone worried about falling, Dudley Falls Prevention works to help older people avoid falls and with recovery following a fall. Anyone worried about their balance, mobility, or taking a fall can ask for help from Dudley Falls Prevention. Specialist falls exercise programmes are held in the Healthy Hubs based in local parks. 

Lonely or isolated?

Spending time with other people helps you to avoid feeling lonely. The council’s Pleased to Meet You scheme offers support to people feeling lonely, or isolated, to get out and about, or a regular telephone call for a chat. The scheme has been set up to help older people stay positive in later life and to provide a helping hand to get people out and about, meeting people and socialising.

Manage your long term conditions

It’s important that anyone living with a long term health condition learns to manage the condition. This is especially so during warmer weather where people can struggle in the heat, which can exacerbate health conditions. Let’s Get offers self-management programmes for anyone living with a long-term health condition, or for those in a caring role.

There are three programmes – the expert patient programme (for people living with a long term health problem), diabetes self-management programme and the looking after me programme (for carers).

Carers – look after yourselves

It is important that carers look after themselves and take a break during the pleasant summer months. It can be hard to find time to take a break, or to make time for yourself. Dudley Carers Hub offers practical help, information and advice to anyone caring for a family member or friend.

Keep safe and secure at home

It’s tempting during the summer to keep windows open but it’s important to remember to keep your home safe and secure. Window restrictors are a great solution, letting air in but keeping your home secure. Living well feeling safe (link) can advise on these, as well as other gadgets and support for keeping safe and independent at home.

Remember as well if you are going on holiday or on long day trips, to keep your home looking occupied. Use timer switches, or ask neighbours to pop in remove post or close curtains.

Get Winter Ready

Summer is the best time to compare energy tariffs and get switched to a cheaper gas or electricity company ready for the colder months. It’s the time when energy companies offer discounts, as well as free home insulation and boilers for some homes. Don’t miss out on lower bills, get in touch with the Winter Warmth service.

Our Independent Living brochure also gives you detailed information on the full range of services available to help keep you safe, secure, happy, well and independent in your own home, including how to return to independence after a period of illness or hospital stay.

  • For more information on the services listed call us on 0300 555 0055.