Irish Rural Link – the national network representing the interest of rural communities is urging people to check in on elderly neighbours during this cold weather period.
This will be a difficult time for older people living on their own, who may not be able to leave their house or may be afraid to drive or go out in the snow and ice. It is important that neighbours call in on such neighbours to ensure they have enough fuel and food to get them through and not presume someone else is calling in on them.
We also urge older people to contact neighbours if they do need help with anything and not be afraid ask, to keep heat on and stay warm and if they have a personal alarm to check it is working and have it on their person at all times.
People need to be extra mindful of older neighbours living on their own at this time.