opnocs Older Peoples New Opportunities Consortium

Volunteering Published Tue 16 Aug 2016

* To visit or telephone an older person or persons who have been referred to opnocs. A mutually agreed day and time will be established for home visits and phone calls although as long as the client agrees the arrangement can later be changed. Volunteers should never allow themselves to be ‘on call’.

* To contact both the client and Opnocs If, for any reason, it is not possible to make a visit or phone call

* To keep a brief record of visits on the Visiting Log, raising any concerns with the Co-ordinator. Concerns may be reported by completing an incident form.

* To ensure that the client is aware of information on healthy lifestyles and services that are available to them. The quarterly newsletter circulated by the Coordinator will support this information.

* To encourage the client, if mobility is not an issue, to attend centres and outside events including those organised by Opnocs

* To take part in training as appropriate.

Keeping Warm Published Mon 9 Nov 2015

Here’s some information from AGE UK.

Low temperatures increase the risk of flu and other respiratory problems and can raise blood pressure. Blood pressure takes longer to return to normal in older people after being out in the cold and this puts us at greater risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Contact your local Age UK for a benefits check and advice on any financial support you may be eligible for.Even if it isn't a severe winter, cold weather makes us more vulnerable to certain illnesses.