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Many of us want to help our elderly or frail neighbours but might not always be sure how to do this. Here are a few tips that can make a difference.

Life’s busy but saying hello and even having a conversation with an elderly or frail neighbour can make a huge difference. Loneliness can be miserable and extremely damaging to a person’s mental health. Simple human contact is vital for our general wellbeing.

Not everyone likes to ask for help but it doesn’t mean they don’t need it. So, if you see an elderly or frail neighbour, don’t forget to ask if they need anything.

Pharmacists and doctors may be closed during some periods over Christmas, meaning people may be unable to get important medication at this time. Ask your neighbour if they have a good supply of medication ahead of the bank holidays – perhaps you could collect any prescriptions they need.

If you haven’t seen a neighbour for a while look for signs that they may need help - are their curtains always drawn? Is there milk still on the door step or mail in the door? Don’t wait - pop round and check if they are ok.

Bad weather may make some residents reluctant to leave their home – and if it is icy, they should stay safely inside - ask if you can buy anything when you go shopping such as toilet paper, bread, or to top up their gas or electric meter.

If you are concerned about your neighbour then call 01296 383204

Organisations involved in developing and supporting the Be a Good Neighbour campaign include:

• NHS Aylesbury Vale Clinical Commissioning Group

• NHS Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group

• Buckinghamshire County Council

• Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

• South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

• Buckinghamshire Urgent Care

• Buckinghamshire Local Pharmaceutical Committee

• GP practices across Buckinghamshire

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