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Salix Homes helps keep elderly tenants warm and well

A housing association is ensuring its elderly and vulnerable tenants keep warm and well this winter.

Salix Homes, which manages more than 8,300 properties across central Salford, will be carrying out home visits to older tenants to ensure they’re all set for the cold winter months.

During November and December, customer support workers will visit more than 100 elderly tenants as part of its annual ‘Keep Warm, Keep Well’ scheme, which is now in its seventh year.

This year the team will be targeting tenants aged over 80 living in a number of areas of the city, including Claremont, Weaste, Seedley and Swinton, in a bid to help them prepare for the winter months.

During the visits, officers will give advice on how to stay warm and healthy during cold periods, what to do if they trip or fall and ensure people are claiming the benefits they’re entitled to.

Salix Homes is also backing Age UK’s Neighbourhoods Connect scheme, which offers support to the older generation to help them live independently.

Karen McLean, customer support co-ordinator at Salix Homes, said: “The cold weather can add to the worries of older people and the aim of our successful ‘Keep Warm, Keep Well’ scheme is to ease those concerns.

“We want to ensure our most elderly and vulnerable tenants don’t feel alone this winter and know that help is available and would encourage anyone in need of support or concerned for a neighbour to contact us.”

If you think you’d benefit from a home visit or know someone who would call our Customer Support Team on 0161 7798012 or email customer.support@salixhomes.org.

Photo: Cath Walton from Salix Homes with tenant Irene Jones

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