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Older people

Older People

Oxford 50+ Network

Our Communities and Neighbourhoods Team provide support to community groups that promote the inclusion and well being of Older People.

One of these groups is the Oxford 50+ Network. This is an established group providing an opportunity for older people, and those interested in provision for older people, to get involved in their local community.

The Oxford 50+ Network meets regularly, organising a programme of talks on a quarterly basis, offering a forum for older people to exchange information, raise concerns, discuss issues and find out more about services that are available to them.
 
The Oxford 50+ Network is also working to ensure that the views of older people are considered in the decision making process around city-wide services.
 
To find out more about the Oxford 50+ Network and to register your interest in becoming a member, come along to a meeting or contact us. For full details and upcoming meeting dates, visit the Oxford 50+ Network website.

 


 

Warm Homes, Healthy People

Oxford City Council has worked with other local authorities and partners to secure over £152,000 funding to help keep Oxfordshire residents warm this winter.

The Warm Homes Healthy People project offers:

  • Information on how to stay warm and well during the winter months
  • Financial support to help with fuels bills
  • Advice on benefits
  • Help to make home improvements to increase energy efficiency

In addition to the support above, there will be some funding allocated to specific projects within the City, including:

  • Home Improvement Agency (HIA) will be helping to make practical changes to peoples homes to help them stay warm
  • Community engagement to help reach isolated older people in the City
  • Energy advice training with the Citizen's Advice Bureau

The funding has come from the Department for Health and is specifically targeted at residents that may benefit from this support, including older people, young families and vulnerable community groups.

Here are some key points to consider:

1) Keep the heat in your home: Insulating your home helps to keep the heat where you want it, and ensures your money goes as far as possible.  Ensure your heating is set for the right time and temperature.

2) Get financial support: There are grants, benefits and sources of advice available to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills.  Financial help, such as the Winter Fuel Payment, is available to people finding it hard to meet their heating costs. For more information call 0800 107 0044.

3) Eat well and keep moving: Food is a vital source of energy, so try to ensure you have hot meals and drinks regularly. Keeping active will generate body heat, helping to keep you warm.

4) Get a flu jab: Available for free from your GP to protect yourself against seasonal flu if you are over 65, have a long-term health condition, or are pregnant.

5) Look after yourself and others: On cold days, try to avoid going outdoors; but when you need to, remember to wrap up warm. If you have older friends, neighbours or relatives, look out for them during winter to make sure they are safe and well.

If you or someone you know would like more information on the Warm Homes, Healthy People project, please call the dedicated support line on 0800 107 0044.

PDF icon Warm Homes, Healthy People Flyer (344kB PDF)

 


 

Where can I find out about issues relating to older people in Oxford?

Oxfordshire County Council is responsible for a wide range of services to assist older people to enable them to live safely and independently in their own homes for as long as possible. You can browse the Older People pages of the Oxfordshire County Council website for more information.

For specific information on the following topics, please use the links below:

Oxfordshire Support Finder

Visit the Oxfordshire Support Finder website for an online directory of services and information on all types of adult social care and related services.

Runners

Forever Fit - Activities for Older People

 Visit our Forever Fit page to find out about activities available to older people in Oxford.

Care Homes in Oxfordshire

You can do an online search for care home availability on the Housing Options and Care Homes pages of the Oxfordshire County Council website.

Special Transport Services

Oxfordshire County Council provide a dial-a-ride service in Oxfordshire for people with mobility problems. Visit the Dial-a-Ride pages of the Oxfordshire County Council website for information on transport services for people who cannot use public transport in Oxfordshire.

What services does Oxford City Council provide for Older People in Oxford?

Visit our Shopmobility pages for information on our free service offering loan of wheelchairs and electric scooters to people who need them for shopping and sightseeing in the city centre.

Oxfordshire County Council provides an alert system for vulnerable people. Please visit the Oxfordshire County Council website for full details.

Where can I find more information about older people?

Visit the Pensions and Retirement Planning pages of the Directgov website for more information about retirement, pensions, wills and probate, health, supported living, care homes, mobility, benefits and concessions for older people.

 

Page last updated 15 May 2013


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