North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea has encouraged local communities to get ‘winter ready’ and to be aware of the importance of checking on elderly members living close by during the cold, winter period.
“Winter can be a difficult time of year for everyone. Travelling on rural roads in the mornings can be dangerous; bad weather can cut off people’s access to important facilities; vulnerable people can be struggling with the cold weather in their homes; and illnesses can be more prevalent at this time of year,” said Cllr. O’Shea.
“Older people are especially vulnerable over the winter period and I would encourage local communities to check in on older relatives and neighbours to make sure they have everything they need.
“There are a number of supports available to elderly people, including the Senior Alert Scheme that supplies emergency alarm pendants for seniors and the CLAR Programme provides support for emergency responders in disadvantaged rural areas.
“If you have an elderly relative or live close to someone who might be in need of support, make sure they have your phone number or call around on a regular basis. Also it’s good to make sure that they have enough fuel for winter, and other things like food and necessary medications.
“Winter readiness is a challenge for individuals and communities across Ireland every year and the best way to overcome these challenges is to work together. We all live in inclusive and vibrant communities so it’s important that we look out for one another and, where necessary, give a helping hand.
“Anyone who has any concerns or queries about some of the challenges that winter poses, feel free to contact me or call into my constituency office in Kanturk,” concluded Cllr. O’Shea