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Working Together for Independence and Wellbeing

Elderly people who require specialist equipment and personalised information to continue living at home, despite health conditions which might otherwise prevent this, are to receive a more comprehensive service than ever in Oxfordshire. Oxfordshire County Council has welcomed an exciting and innovative private and voluntary sector collaboration, between a local charity and a respected leading service provider has led to the enhancement and expansion of an existing service, providing equipment and advice to people in Oxfordshire. Guideposts, the Witney-based disability and mental health charity, and Millbrook Healthcare a leading national equipment service provider, have unveiled a plan to develop and deliver their face-to-face independent living support, public retail and electronic health information services, at sites across Thames Valley, The Midlands and the West Country, before ultimately going...

Dehydration

For more detailed information on dehydration, please visit the NHS website. It’s easy in the summer months to become dehydrated, either due to excessive perspiration, not taking in enough fluid or as a result of illness, such as a vomiting and diarrhoea bug. Your body can be affected even if you only lose a small amount of fluid. If you are feeling thirsty, lightheaded, overtired, dry-mouthed, need to go to the toilet less often than usual or have dark or strong-smelling urine, these could be early warning signs that you are dehydrated. Babies and infants, the elderly, people with long-term health conditions and those who exercise for long periods at a time are particularly at risk of becoming dehydrated. If you're dehydrated, you need to...

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke

We hope you're all enjoying the Summer and staying sun safe! Two potentially serious health conditions in this hot weather are heat exhaustion and heatstroke. We've listed a few facts below. For more detailed information, visit the NHS website Tips for avoiding heat exhaustion and heatstroke • Stay out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day, usually between 11am and 3pm • Apply sunscreen, wear a hat and walk in the shade • Do not leave anyone in a parked car • Avoid excessive physical exertion • Drink plenty of fluids, avoiding caffeine and alcohol • Eat cold foods, especially those with a high water content such as fruit and salad • Take a cool shower or bath or wash yourself down...

Personal safety – Dealing with visitors

Whenever anybody comes to your door, firstly, think about whether you are expecting anybody?  Look through the window to see who it is and consider having a spy hole fitted, if you don’t already have one. Lock all your other outer doors in case the person at the front door is a means of distraction for an accomplice who intends to come in through the back door. Always use a door chain. If you do not know the person, ask for some photographic identification and make sure you examine it carefully.  If you are unsure, ask the caller to come back when there will be somebody else with you. Consider putting up a ‘no cold callers’ sign up on your door or in our window. ...

Staying sun safe

With the warmer weather upon us, we've listed a few tips below for staying sun safe. Three potentially serious health conditions in this hot weather are heat exhaustion, heatstroke and dehydration. Tips for avoiding heat exhaustion and heatstroke • Stay out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day, usually between 11am and 3pm • Apply sunscreen, wear a hat and walk in the shade • Do not leave anyone in a parked car • Avoid excessive physical exertion • Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid caffeine and alcohol • Eat cold foods, especially those with a high water content such as fruit and salad • Take a cool shower or bath or wash yourself down with a cool, damp cloth • Sprinkle...

Insect bites and stings

It’s common in summer to get insect bites and stings and, whilst most are harmless, some can cause a nasty allergic reaction. If you work outdoors, or take part in outdoor activities, you are more at risk. Always see a doctor if you develop symptoms of a serious allergic reaction. There are a number of ways you can reduce the risk of being bitten or stung: Apply insect repellent Cover exposed skin Avoid using strongly perfumed products Avoid flowers and compost heaps Avoid outdoor eating places and rubbish bins Clear up fallen fruit in your garden Do not disturb insect nests Keep away from stagnant water Cover food and drink Keep doors and windows closed, or use netting Don’t panic – move away from the...

Keeping active as you age

Staying physically active as you get older has many benefits. Regular exercise not only helps you to stay fit, but can help to keep you mobile and independent. It’s also a good mood enhancer, giving your brain chemicals a boost for a greater sense of wellbeing. More specific benefits include: • management of health conditions (such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes) • reduced risk of chronic diseases • easing discomfort associated with muscular conditions (such as arthritis or Parkinson’s) • management of weight • strengthening of muscles and bones • increase in balance and coordination • stimulation of appetite • maintenance of regular bowel movements If you’re fit and healthy in general, a good guideline if you do not currently do any...

Safety and security

Your home is not simply the place where you live, it is your refuge from the outside world and you need to feel safe and secure for your own peace of mind. Home safety and security Please see below a few tips for keeping your home safe and secure. Never open the door to strangers. Fit a spy hole in the front so you can see who is at the door. Double check that all doors and windows are securely locked when leaving the house. Never keep large quantities of cash in the home and keep valuables out of sight. Don’t get into personal conversations with strangers on the phone or at the door. Fit an alarm and lighting to the exterior of your home....
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