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New initiative will help people in Northwich and Winsford to Keep Well
1:20pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
A PILOT scheme will help improve the health and wellbeing of people over the age of 55 in Northwich and Winsford.
The community-based Keep Well in Cheshire West initiative is a year-long pilot being launched this month by The NHS Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), West Cheshire CCG and Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) and supported by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Delivered by Age UK, the service will provide information, advice and support to over 55s to keep well.
The aim of the scheme is to engage with people who would not usually contact services for help and to support them in managing their own health care while reducing feelings of isolation in vulnerable communities.
It will tackle loneliness and social isolation, falls prevention and home safety, building confidence and greater community links, weather related issues, affordable warmth interventions, annual medicines use reviews and flu vaccinations.
Dr Jonathan Griffiths, chairman of NHS Vale Royal CCG, said: “Getting older is inevitable – but we should all do what we can to ensure we stay as healthy as possible.
“With our local partners, the CCG aims to improve the health of older people so that they have access to services that help them stay well for longer.”
For more information on independent living for over 55s visit ageuk.org.uk/ or ring 0800 169 65 65.
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