A WEE COUNTY care home has called on communities to look after the vulnerable and elderly over a cold winter period.

Mears Care, which has just moved its Scottish head office from Alva to Lime Tree House in Alloa, say this is the most dangerous time for the elderly, and have given their best advice to keep safe.

Kay McEwan, branch manager at Mears Alva, said: "As we head into a very cold winter, we will be constantly out and about doing our care at home support work, no matter the weather.

"But we would encourage you all to look out for neighbours and those less able, who may be living alone and would appreciate a bit of extra help or company."

"Community support is even more important in dark winter days, and isolation can be a very difficult factor for many people. Everyone gets busy with preparation for Christmas and celebrations for New Year.

"Some regular activities go on hold over the holiday period which can make some people feel even more isolated."

Some of their top tips include making sure homes are heated at 19 degrees, keeping doors shut in unused rooms and shutting curtains and blinds when it is dark to keep heat in.