Age Concern Central Lancashire has launched a Coronavirus helpline to support older people through the crisis.Advertisement
The charity, which routinely supports older people with long-term health conditions and through specialist dementia care and support, is encouraging older people, their carers, businesses, professionals and health workers to make referrals through the dedicated line.
Age Concern wants to make sure the people who need support are signed up to receive support, whether they are self isolating or not.
A spokesperson said: “It is heart-warming to see so many groups and member of the community coming together to try and help older people throughout Lancashire.
“We are a safe pair of hands and are working with a DBS and a trained workforce made up of staff and volunteers. The charity will ensure that volunteers support is used to reach those most in need.”
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Various levels of support are available across Preston and South Ribble, but Age Concern Central Lancashire is currently prioritising cleaning, meal preparation, shopping, dementia support, advice and information and regular phone calls.
To make a referral, contact the Coronavirus helpline on 01772 552 850 option 0 or the Age Concern website.
Referrals can also be made through Age Concern shops during the outbreak.