Healthy Homes

English healthy homes program to help vulnerable individuals protect against winter cold

Thu, 01/26/2012 - 10:01

Seniors in Kingston, England, may benefit from a recent stimulus package provided by the local government, as the elderly will be given financial assistance to help with heating costs and obtaining new technology, according to Kingston People.

The news source reported that the "Warm Homes Healthy People" program also helps to provide education for seniors on the damage that can be done to a person by exposure to cold weather.

Education programs may inform people about the potential savings that are associated with new technologies, such as infloor radiant heating. This type of system can help to provide an individual with a comfortable and warm residence, while also helping to lower the overall energy costs.

Because of its unique design, complete with highly-conductive aluminum piping integrated as part of a subfloor, the technology helps to warm a residence without requiring the homeowner to use massive amounts of energy.

Efficiency in a heating system can (save a homeowner money, allowing them to spend it on healthier food and warmer clothing for when they are outdoors.

These type of tips are part of what seniors can learn through the healthy homes education program. Grants for funding are also given to those who are especially needy, both for innovative insulation products and new heating systems, according to the news source.

Kingston People reported that other services are also provided through the program, including snow clearance and shoveling, transport to medical appointments when excessive precipitation exists, hot meals and physical therapy vouchers to give seniors a chance to exercise when the conditions make walking dangerous.

According to the news source, the program is also available for women who are pregnant or families that have young children.