Support for people aged 70 and over
A message from Councillor David Jones, Leader of the Council
If you are aged 70 or over this means you are amongst a group of people that are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus. As a valued resident we want to let you know about the support available to help you stay at home, reduce your contact with others, and minimise your chance of getting the virus.
Your health and wellbeing is important to us and we know the coronavirus pandemic will be having a big impact on your life and day-to-day routine. At this difficult time, Bury Council and local volunteer groups have come together to form a network of community hubs to provide support where it is needed most.
The support available from Bury Community Hubs includes:
- Help with food shopping (if you don't have anyone to help you, tell us what you need and a volunteer will get it for you).
- Help with the collection and delivery of medicine (to ensure you get the medication you need and can manage any underlying health conditions you may have, we will collect your medicine and deliver it to your home).
- A friendly telephone helpline (to request support and for a chat if you are lonely or worried and just need someone to talk to).
You can access support from Bury Community Hubs by phone, 7 days a week:
- Phone 0161 253 5353
Our adult social care teams are also available to discuss any care needs you may have:
- Phone 0161 253 5151
Please stay safe and remember that during these difficult times you are not forgotten. Each and every one of our residents is important to us and to our trusted volunteers. If you need any help or support at this time, please do get in touch. We look forward to speaking to you.
Here are some tips to help you with keeping well at home. I hope you find these helpful.
Keeping well at home
Staying at home for a long time is not easy, for some people it is particularly hard but there are things we can all do to look after ourselves. You can access a handy booklet on keeping well at home.
Read the Keeping Well at Home booklet [2Mb]
This booklet is also available at supermarkets, pharmacies and local housing providers. You could ask someone to pick one up for you or phone us on 0161 253 5353 and we'll post one out to you.
Tips for staying physically and mentally well
- Stay in touch with family and friends and tell them how you are feeling: Talk over the phone or via other technology.
- Find ways to stay active at home: Avoid sitting still for long periods of time.
- Spend time indoors doing things you enjoy: Try cooking, reading, puzzles, crosswords or other indoor hobbies.
- Get some fresh air: If you have a private outdoor space or garden, go outdoors if it is safe to do so.
- Live well and stay hydrated: Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink plenty of water and avoid drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes.
- Limit how much news you listen to or read about: It may help reduce anxiety and help you worry less by checking the news at only one or two set times of the day.
Where to find more advice and information
- Get government and local advice about coronavirus at www.bury.gov.uk/coronavirus
- You can access council services and find out about any changes because of coronavirus at www.bury.gov.uk/coronavirus
- For advice about welfare support and help with hardship see www.gov.uk/dwp
- To refer yourself for support from Bury Live Well Service for help with keeping well mentally, physically and socially go to www.bury.gov.uk/livewell
- For information, advice and resources to help you with staying healthy visit www.theburydirectory.co.uk
- For a wealth of later life advice visit www.ageuk.org.uk
If you can't access information online:
Please give us a ring on 0161 253 5353 and ask for our help.
Don't forget: Stay home, stay safe, save lives
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