- Date 4:00 PM Thursday 2 April 2020
- Type COVID-19
As we all continue to follow the Government’s directive of staying at home to keep ourselves safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19, some older people in our community may be feeling particularly isolated.
During this time of uncertainty and physical distancing, it is normal for older people to feel distressed and experience symptoms of stress.
If you know someone who is living alone, whether it be your neighbour, a friend or a family member, please reach out to them. Call them for a chat and ask them if they need any help getting their groceries or medication. A daily call will lift their spirits during this period of self-isolation. Or you could pop a note in your neighbours' letterboxes with your contact details and an offer of help.
That way they can call you if they don't have family or younger friends nearby.
If you’re older and you have to visit the supermarket remember to keep two metres apart from other people and follow good hygiene rules, including washing your hands and covering your mouth or sneezing into your elbow. If you need a prescription, call your doctor and they will advise you if you should pick it up from the pharmacy, or it can be delivered to y our doorstep.
If you’re not sure who to contact for help you can call the free Government helpline on 0800 779 997 (8.00 am to 10.00 pm, seven days a week).