Press Release Summary: As the cost of living soars and the temperatures drop, what can be done to protect the older generation?
Press Release Body: As the cost of living soars and the temperatures drop, what can be done to protect the older generation?
As temperatures wane and sunshine fades you may be looking forward to a season of wrapping up in woollens and taking comfort from hearty meals in the snug of your home. But, as the report by the National Housing Federation predicted this week, a quarter of people won’t be so lucky.
Fuel poverty is defined as spending 10% or more of your income on utility bills, and is expected to hit an all time high this winter. Meanwhile PM Gordon Brown is coming under fire for his plans to make the population eligible for discounts on loft and wall insulation and other energy-saving home improvements.
If you’re having troubles paying your gas bill, it’s unlikely you’d be able to find even half the spare cash to reinsulate your loft for example, especially with rising food costs to contend with. The elderly are typically the worse hit during the colder months, often having to make a potentially deadly decision to heat or eat, with 30,000 recorded deaths last winter alone.
Fortunately those aged 60 to 79 are entitled to receive a Winter Fuel Payment from the Government, ranging from £125 to £250 dependent on their circumstances with increased cash for those aged 80 or over. Automatically applied to those receiving State Pension, many on private plans could be missing out and should fill in a benefit claim form as soon as possible.
At no time is nutrition more crucial than during the cold, but generally with age comes less desire, or ability to cook full meals. Often cooking for one can seem a chore, and a wasteful one at that, yet the stigma and rigidity of a href="http://www.wiltshirefarmfoods.com">Meals on Wheels service is unappealing.
Private meals delivery can be the answer, with an easy to prepare, cost effective solution affording vulnerable people a hot meal in minutes. Companies like Wiltshire Farm Foods provide traditional and nutritious, frozen meals as often or little as necessary with no delivery charge by friendly, dependable drivers who will keep an eye on the well being of their customers.
Susie Cole, of Wiltshire Farm Foods Redhill comments: “It’s more than taking orders and deliveries. It’s about providing the best possible service we can. Many of our customers are housebound, disabled or ill and rely on us for everything – whether it’s taking care of problems around the home, reporting back to family members if they are ill or not eating, or simply passing the time with a friendly chat, we make sure we’re always there for our customers.”
The firm cater for a range of special diets and have recently launched their autumn/winter range, with over 220 wholesome href="http://www.wiltshirefarmfoods.com">frozen meals from as little as £2.15. Customers can choose from delicious dishes like Beef Bordelaise, roast beef in a deep, rich red wine sauce with shallots, tasty Spaghetti Carbonara with tender chunks of chicken in an irresistibly creamy mushroom, pancetta bacon and cheese sauce and Lamb & Potato Curry in a lightly spiced sauce with subtle hints of ginger, coriander and red chilli.
For a sweet sensation, spoil yourself with Upside Down Apple Pudding made with Bramley apples and oozing with golden syrup sauce, get fruity with Very Berry Pudding, sponge topped with juicy redcurrants, blackberries, blackcurrants and raspberries, or indulge yourself with a deliciously rich Clotted Cream Ice Cream.
If you, a friend or a loved one could benefit from any of the services mentioned in this article, you can claim for the upcoming, or past Winter Fuel Allowance by calling the Winter Fuel Payment helpline on 08459 151 515. To find out more about Wiltshire Farm Foods and for a free Autumn & Winter menu call 0800 773 773, or alternatively shop online at www.wiltshirefarmfoods.com.
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