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Warmth scheme raises dementia awareness in Wigan
Thursday 16th May, 2013

To mark Dementia Awareness Week (19 – 25 May), a warmth scheme working with vulnerable people in Wigan is raising awareness of the help on hand.

npower Health Through Warmth helps vulnerable homeowners, such as people with dementia, by installing or repairing heating and insulation. The scheme is encouraging people who have family and friends with the disease to find out more about the support on offer.

Since its launch in 2000, npower Health Through Warmth has worked closely with charities and other organisations including Foundations, the governing body for home improvement agency and handyperson services in England, to better understand dementia and help people affected. A recent report Dementia: Finding Housing Solutions, published by the National Housing Federation in collaboration with Foundations and the Housing LIN found that specially adapted homes, for example installing telecare, such as personal alarms, or ensuring the home is efficiently heated, can help people with dementia live independently for longer.

Elaine Midwinter, npower Health Through Warmth scheme manager, comments: “People in Wigan can get in touch with us on behalf of a family member or friend with dementia if they are worried that their health is being affected by living in a cold home, due to lack of heating or insulation. Dementia Awareness Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the disease and encourage people to contact us if they think that they, or someone they know, could be eligible for our help.”

npower Health Through Warmth offers help with the funding and installation of heating and insulation measures for vulnerable people. The scheme is available to homeowners who have a cold-related illness, a low income with little or no savings and who are unable to fully fund measures, such as a new boiler or heating system. You do not have to be, or become, an npower customer to benefit from the scheme.

Since 2000, more than 79,000 vulnerable residents in England and Wales have been referred to npower Health Through Warmth for help with heating and insulation. More than £67million has been levered to help fund the work required, which includes £1.7million from charitable organisations. In addition, £8.9million has been contributed from the unique npower Health Through Warmth Crisis Fund.

Dementia Awareness Week is the Alzheimer’s Society’s annual flagship awareness-raising campaign. It will take place from 19-25 May 2013 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For more information visit www.alzheimers.org.uk/remembertheperson.

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