Keeping a healthy home

Staying active in your home

There's are things that you can do around your home that can help to improve your overall health and help you to remain active and independent at home.  You find general advice and services to help you to move more here.

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The council commissions home improvement agencies to deliver small scale works such as installing grab rails, improving lighting and removing tripping hazards in the home, helping people to  as they get older. We also work with the district councils to deliver adaptations to help disabled people remain independent at home.

You can find out about help available to you remain active and independent at home.

Keeping warm and managing your energy bills

Living in a cold home can seriously affect your health, particularly if you are elderly, disabled or have a long-term health condition.

Ensuring that your home is warm and energy efficient can also save you money on your energy bills.  The cost of heating your home, particularly during the colder winter months, makes up about 60% of energy bills.

Visit the NHS Choices website for more information about cold homes and keeping warm.  We also have some information to help you stay safer, warm and well throughout winter.

For help and advice on managing your energy bills visit Citizens Advice.  Here you can find information on how to contact your energy supplier and where to get extra financial support from.  There is also information to help you understand your bills, and energy tariffs together with advice on switching suppliers.  

There is also lots of information on how to reduce your bills and make your home more energy efficient on the government's Simple Energy Advice website, or call the Simple Energy Advice helpline on 0800 444 202.

Would you like support?

We work with district council housing services and with other organisations to help ensure homes are warm and energy efficient  by supporting households get the most from the Government’s Energy Company Obligation Scheme and other funding sources.

If you meet certain eligibility criteria and your property is suitable then you may be able to have a number of energy efficiency improvements installed in your home for free (subject to survey) or heavily discounted. Advice and 'able to pay' offers are also available.

Cosy Homes in Lancashire (CHiL) is a partnership of the 15 Local Authorities in Lancashire, offering residents in the region access to grants, advice and support on a range of money saving energy measures, to help you heat and insulate your home.

Visit the Cosy Homes in Lancashire website or call 03306 061 488

Air quality

Minimising air pollution in your home can give you better quality air and improve your health in general.  Most of the pollution in the air is invisible to the eye but both long and short-term exposure to it is harmful to health. It is known to aggravate asthma, affect lung function and has increased hospital admissions involving respiratory and cardiovascular conditions. 

You can protect yourself from air pollution when indoors by being aware of days when air quality is expected to be poor and closing windows at rush hour if you live or work on a busy street. You can also improve air quality within your home by not smoking, or letting anyone else smoke inside your house.

Find out more about improving your air quality.