HAVE YOUR SAY: Elland Station Plans

Residents and businesses are being invited to have their say on plans for the proposed new rail station in Elland. Have your say online about the planned station that will improve connections to and from the Calderdale town, and provide opportunities for people to park and ride.

Funded through the Combined Authority’s West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, the scheme is forecast to support existing local businesses and attracting new ones, generating economic growth and jobs for Elland. The scheme will also provide better access to Elland town centre and through improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

You can use the Combined Authority’s Your Voice engagement website to find out a lot more about the project and to have your say.


ADVICE: Avoid Nuisance Callers

Email the SAFER team on safer@wyjs.org.uk to sign up to a regular email scam update. Safer is run by West Yorkshire Trading Standards and aims to keep you up to date with the latest cams, helping you to avoid them.


Here’s the SAFER guide on how to protect yourself from Nuisance Callers

The TPS should stop unsolicited UK marketing calls. You can register your landline and mobile telephone numbers by calling 0345 070 0707. It’s free to register.

Activate caller ID by contacting your phone provider and use a telephone with a display to screen your calls.

These are devices which you attach to your landline phone to block nuisance calls. They are available at high street stores. Beware of scammers selling fake devices.

Be careful who you give your contact details to. When you need to provide them make sure you look carefully at the marketing “opt-in” or “opt-out” boxes. Remember not to give your banking information or PIN to anyone – not even the bank will ask for this.

Some companies may contact you by telephone to make an appointment to visit you in your home. Although less intrusive than knocking on the door, this is still a cold call and you shouldn’t feel pressured into making a decision.

– Ask a friend or neighbour to be with you if you arrange for a home appointment with someone over the phone.
– You can say ‘No’ to telephone and doorstep callers.

SUMMER: Holiday Destinations For Older People

From time to time we like to introduce you to some of the excellent websites out there aimed at older people and their friends, relatives and carers.

One of the ones that has recently caught our eye is My Ageing Parent, a site set up by two women who were both caring for recently widowed mothers. It’s a warm and welcoming website and full of good advice and insight.

With the summer now upon us, we’re thinking about day trips and perhaps longer holidays and the myageingparent.com guide to where to take an older relative seemed a good starting point for a browse around the website.


GUIDE: Choosing A Care Home

Choosing a care home, either for yourself or for a relative or friend can seem like a daunting challenge. However, there are professionals who can advise you and a number of web-based tools that can make the process a lot easier and allow you to make a decision based on a broad spread of information.

What Do Care homes Provide? Support provided in a care home can involve: help with eating, washing, bathing, dressing and toilet needs, and caring for you if you become ill. Some homes provide services for people with more complex needs, including nursing care.

Choosing a Care Home: Choosing a care home is an important decision. You need to choose one that is right for you, both now and in the future. You can get advice from a social worker, district nurse or your family doctor. Alternatively, you can use a range of online tools to help you make the decision:

  • Calderdale Council: For a list of all the care homes in Calderdale, their contact details, information about the service they provide and links to their Care Quality Commission reports, visit the Calderdale Council’s website, where the information is stored in their Social Care and Wellbeing Hub. Calderdale Council also provide other key info on Care Homes on their website:
    Financial Guide to moving into a care home
    Gateway to Care – all Calderdale’s main care services are now under Gateway to Care.
  • Quality Care Commission (CQC) Map of Care Homes. The Quality Care Commission (CQC) has produced a map of inspection ratings for care  homes. The map is very easy to use and each care home marked on the map has an accompanying rating and report. You can search by postcode to find services near you.
  • Age UK: There is a lot of useful information about choosing a Care Home on the AgeUK website including a guide and a checklist which can be downloaded.

SUMMER: Rough Guide to Accessible Britain

Packed with over 180 reviews of accessible and inspiring days out, there’s something for everyone in the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain. The Guide aims to inspire and support people with access needs in enjoying the best of Britain’s attractions.

Now in its 10th year, the Guide is an ideal planning tool for anyone with access needs and now also includes information for visitors with more hidden conditions such as autism or mental illness. Every venue in the Guide is reviewed by Rough Guides’ team of writers, who either have a disability themselves or visited the venue with disabled friend or family member.

The Guide provides clear and helpful advice to highlight the very best inclusive and accessible days out for people of all abilities, from museums and art galleries, to wildlife parks and gardens.

GARDENS: Design for older people

The Sensory Trust is a leading authority on inclusive and sensory design. They use nature and the outdoors to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with disability and health issues, their families and carers. Their website is full of inspirational ideas and well worth a visit. We particularly enjoyed their feature on making landscapes, in particular gardens, both public and private, safer for older people.

They consider each issue from three angles: Characteristic; Implications for design; and Design solutions

Characteristic: Reduced mobility (ability to get around)
Implications for design: Access is limited by obstacles like steps, uneven surfaces, gradients, slips and trips
Design solutions: Reduced gradients; choice of ramp and steps; level, firm surfaces; handrails and supports; design for wheelchairs and mobility aids

Characteristic: Reduced stamina (tiring easily)
Implications for design: Distance and gradients become a significant issue
Design solutions: Seats to reduce impact of distance and grades; choice of route lengths; maximise interest within easy reach

Characteristic: Reduced dexterity (eg from arthritis, Parkinson’s)
Implications for design: Fine motor skills are more difficult and can be painful – turning handles, locks etc
Design solutions:  Choose easy-to-use handles, gate latches, locks etc

Characteristic: Falls and impaired balance
Implications for design: Reduced confidence to go out and higher risk of injury
Design solutions:  Good access, low impact hard surfaces , careful siting of furniture and features, handrails and supports

Characteristic: Visual impairment
Implications for design: Items like furniture, signboards and steps can become hazards if not well designed
Design solutions: Careful siting of furniture and signage, good colour contrast, tactile indicators, sensory design to cater for all senses, remove hazards

Characteristic: Hearing impairment
Implications for design: Not alert to aural cues eg alarms and approaching traffic
Design solutions: Include visual alarms and clearly differentiate vehicular and pedestrian routes

Characteristic: Alzheimer’s, dementia
Implications for design: Reduced ability to cope with complex designs, reduced memory, may want to wander
Design solutions: Legible designs, familiar settings and detail, design for reminiscence, safe materials, secure and comfortable

Characteristic: Sensitivity to weather
Implications for design: Need for protection from weather extremes
Design solutions: Shelter, shade, use of indoor/outdoor spaces eg conservatories

SUMMER: Tip For Staying Cool

Here are a few of the NHS’s top tips for saying cool during spells of hot summer weather.

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool. This may change as the sun moves during the day!
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

More heatwave advice from the NHS