This winter Home Instead are getting behind ‘Dying to Keep Warm’ , a local registered charity who provide emergency provisions to safeguard vulnerable people deemed at high risk of harm or death from the cold, fires, gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Gail Godson Director comments ‘I recently had the privilege to meet one of the most inspirational, caring and passionate members of our local community. Afroza Ahmed Founder and Director of ‘Dying to Keep Warm’ literally allocates all her spare time and effort into safeguarding vulnerable members of the community. ‘Dying To Keep Warm’ provide such a valuable and much needed service to vulnerable people, this excellent charity compliments the wonderful work already undertaken in the local community by Lancashire Fire and Rescue service, social services and other pro-active voluntary organisations, they deliver these services directly to the vulnerable and at risk person at their own home through fire services, approved gas safe registered and NICEIC electricians and agencies.
Afoza comments: ‘We are aware that Home Instead have just been independently recognised as England’s number one at home care provider for the quality of their services so I was understandably delighted to meet with both Gail and Robert and understand more about Home Instead, their high quality care services and the numerous organisations that they work closely with in the local community’.
‘It became clear that our respective organisations share very similar values and we have the same high quality culture and ethos when it comes to supporting adults and older people and going that extra mile. We were so pleased when Gail said Home Instead would come on board , bringing her enthusiasm, commitment, knowledge and experience of health and social care across West Lancashire and Chorley.
Britain has one of the highest excess winter deaths rates in Europe. The Office of National statistics (ONS; 2011/12) estimate that of the 24,000 excess winter deaths in England and Wales in 2011/12, people 75 years old and over accounted for 19,500 of these deaths’.
'Dying to Keep Warm’ raise awareness of the real risks for vulnerable people with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease as being among the leading causes of excess winter deaths in 2011 with 4,110 excess winter deaths, 70 per cent higher than in 2009/10.
Cold temperatures increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, lung diseases, influenza, other diseases and injuries. We raise awareness of the risks of serious illness, harm and death to vulnerable people related to the cold, fire, gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning.
‘Dying to Keep Warm’ highlight the risks amongst community workers of potential dangerous behaviour with gas appliances for persons with Alzheimer’s disease, various types of dementia, visual, cognitive or physical disabilities. They assist with training community workers of the risks to vulnerable people in partnership with other agencies.
Gail goes on to say: ‘Home Instead are now working with ‘Dying to Keep Warm’ to help safeguard our clients in their own homes and keep them warm through the winter, we are also supporting ‘Dying to Keep Warm’ with their appeal for donations and sponsorship to provide the financial means to provide emergency heating appliances and gas and/or electrical safety intervention free of charge to the vulnerable person deemed at high risk’.
‘Since our original meeting, we have already successfully worked with Afroza and the immediate family of one of our clients who has dementia, the Fire and Rescue service had previously attended a 999 shout when a sauce pan burnt through on the clients hob. Home Instead worked with the family and ‘Dying to Keep Warm’ who dealt with the entire process so quickly and professionally, we now have a ‘gas isolator switch’ fitted to the property, the family and our CAREGiver staff are trained in its operation and the client is safe and warm this winter.
How you can help
Become a sponsor - donate funds for emergency gas safety and heating provisions
Become a promoter - help publicise the need for the service to expand to other regions and key people
Or Visit: www.dyingtokeepwarm.org
‘Dying to Keep Warm’ is entirely run by volunteers, registered charity number1150393
Afroza is a senior Occupational Therapist for Older People. Born in Liverpool, she is one of seven children. She was a young carer who later became a professional carer after her father suffered a major Stroke. Afroza has worked as an Occupational Therapist in physical health, mental health and social services settings. In 2011, she won a Positive Achievement Award for “Caring” and in 2012 she was highly commended by Mersey Care NHS Trust as a Recovery Champion. She also went on to win the 2012 Merseyside Inspirational Woman of the Year Award’.