Physios Can Help Identify People Vulnerable from Cold Homes Thursday 9 April 2015 PDF Print people at risk of ill health should be identified to prevent them from living in a poorly insulated home Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) indicate that people working with those at risk should be aware of this problem. A spokesperson for Physio Jobs comments on the recommendations. NICE’s guidelines are aimed at health, social care and voluntary sector practitioners who work with the elderly and others at risk from the cold weather. They suggest that people at risk of ill health should be identified to prevent them from living in a poorly insulated home. Primary health practitioners should also assess the heating requirements of people vulnerable to low temperatures and those tasked with helping discharges from health or social care should also judge if consequent action is needed. Steve Tolan, the Charted Society of Physiotherapy’s head of practice and development, believed staff should carry out the recommendations: “CSP members routinely work with at risk groups such as those who are older or frail. And physiotherapists can save lives in winter by making simple common sense suggestions to vulnerable patients about keeping warm in the winter or by signposting them to local patient organisations, such as Age UK.” Age UK’s Spreading the warmth campaign states that an estimated 1.7 million older people in the UK cannot afford to heat their homes. A spokesperson for Physio-Jobs, a UK jobs board focussing on physiotherapy, has commented on NICE’s recommendations. They said: “Physios have a responsibility to help people with aches and pains, but caring about overall well-being in the case of vulnerable residents is also highly important. At Physio-Jobs we help secure employment for candidates in locations around the UK. Qualifications as well as personal qualities are integral to getting noticed by employers in a competitive industry. “With an aging population people need to be more aware of the effect cold weather has on vulnerable residents as NICE have outlined in their recommendations.” Physio-Jobs is a job board designed to create an effective recruitment experience for physiotherapists in the UK. Through the advertising of vacancies on the behalf of employers and agencies, they provide a modern way for those within the profession to seek both employment and employees. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Physio-Jobs in the following categories: Health, Environment & Nature, Medical & Pharmaceutical, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.