Praise from Steyning pensioner at caring approach in the snow
Steyning pensioner Peggy Weeks has praised Horsham District Council’s community link alarm service for ringing round to check its clients were all right in the snow.
More than 1,700 vulnerable people in the Horsham district were contacted over the weekend by council staff to check they were okay during the severe weather.
“It was lovely to hear from them and nice to know someone cared,” said Peggy.
She said she was surprised to receive the call but very grateful to know older people hadn’t been forgotten.
A number of council staff members volunteered their time on Saturday to help ring round residents on the council’s community link database, after work started on Friday to contact the most vulnerable residents.
A spokesperson for the council explained the community link alarm service is a paid-for subscription service that has been providing a vital holistic service to residents in the Horsham district for 26 years, by keeping people safe and independent in their own homes.
Staff were checking to make sure that people had sufficient heating and provisions to last them over the weekend.
Vulnerable residents were also advised not to go out unless it was essential.
Pescriptions were delivered, along with electric heaters, where it was discovered this was needed.
Staff also delivered milk, bread and ready meals to those people who couldn’t go out, along with some winter warmth packs.
Updates on which council services are still being affected by the weather can be found on the council’s website (www.horsham.gov.uk).
For more information about the community link alarm service, call Horsham District Council on 01403 215230 or visit the council’s website (www.horsham.gov.uk/housing/9550.aspx).
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Tuesday 18 June 2013
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