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Excelcare Launch Warm Bank Stations to Ease Winter Freeze for Over 65’s

Family run care provider Excelcare has announced that a selection of their care homes in Essex will be opening ‘warm banks’ for people over the age of 65. These warm banks will be free to attend and offer a safe haven for people to seek warmth and relaxation when in need.

With the current cost of living crisis crippling families across the UK and the temperature steadily dropping as we approach winter, Excelcare has launched their warm bank initiative to provide support to an age group that are most likely to feel the harsh effects of the cold and rising energy costs.

From 11am-4pm, people aged 65 and over will be welcomed into Excelcare homes listed in the graphic to seek refuge from the cold and enjoy a hot drink.

The warm banks in each home are situated in communal areas such as lounges and dining rooms, so guests will also have the opportunity to engage with people who live and work in them. This will provide some welcomed company to elderly members of the community, especially those who live on their own or struggle with feelings of loneliness.

Precautions are in place to ensure those who currently live and work in the homes remain safe and free from the spread of infection, so upon entry guests will be asked to sanitise their hands, complete a lateral flow test* and wear a face mask for the duration of their visit.

Helen Bennett, Regional Operations Director of Excelcare homes in Essex said, “it’s a pleasure to announce the opening of our warm banks in care homes across the region. Providing a safe space for people who are in need this winter is something we have been committed to doing and I am so happy to see this initiative come to life.

“I encourage people over the age of 65 to make use of these warm banks and seek refuge in our comfortable homes surrounded by our caring teams.”

Warm banks in each of the homes participating will be opening today and closing on March 31st, 2023.

*The completion of a Lateral Flow Test will depend upon current guidance at the time of entry


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