Christmas is a time for family and friends to be together, enjoying each other’s company and catching up.
But not everyone in South Lincolnshire is lucky enough to have family nearby or friends that are able to visit. For these people, Christmas can be an especially lonely time of year.
NHS South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is asking people to help vulnerable and elderly people to keep healthy and well over Christmas and New Year.
Dr Kevin Hill, chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG, said: “We’re asking people to keep an eye on elderly and vulnerable relatives and neighbours over the Christmas period.
“People who spend Christmas alone can feel sad that they don’t have anyone to share it with and this can have a very negative effect on their health and wellbeing. It can lead to depression and the exacerbation of existing physical or mental health conditions.
“It’s also very important to check that their homes are warm enough, they are wearing appropriately warm clothing and that they are getting a hot meal. Not keeping warm enough during cold winter months can kill so staying warm is vital.
“Those who live alone can feel isolated, particularly if cold weather and treacherous under-foot conditions have kept them from leaving home. A visit from a neighbour, friend or family member would be greatly appreciated.”
When visiting on elderly or vulnerable person, it’s important to check that:
* they are generally feeling happy and well;
* their homes are adequately heated;
* they are getting at least one hot meal a day;
* they have all the groceries that they need;
* they have all the medication they need.