Practical advice on supporting the elderly 24 Mar 2020
Practical ways how we can all support
In this current outbreak of the coronavirus there has been a huge impact on the vulnerable and the elderly. With the support from the property industry, friends, family and local communities we can help to make a real impact.
Thousands of the over 70’s have been told to self- isolate in their own homes which leaves many on the brink of total lock down and isolation from the outside world.
Half hour weekly call can make a huge impact
We have heard yesterday that the government will be supporting by delivering food and medication to identified homes but as always many will fall through the net.
Agents Giving ask for your help to check on your elderly neighbours, even people living a little further away and older relatives by making a phone call to have a chat which will lift their spirits. Set up a rota so they can hear from someone daily.
Bring the elderly together by connecting
If you have the means you could pick up and drop off some shopping, as a lot of these people don’t have the IT facilities for online shopping, plus deliveries are overrun with orders.
Simple gestures of goodwill for everyday living can bring a community together leaving no one out in the cold, especially the older generation who are in one of the high risk categories.
Adopt a Grandparent
CHD Living is pairing the lovely residents at their homes with caring individuals in the community who want to help combat loneliness. Their global campaign has been featured on the BBC news and worldwide, so if you want to get involved all you need to do is click the link below!
- Have phone calls/video calls with your new friend
- Send cheerful pictures/stories/poems (post or email) for them to enjoy
- Share stories from different generations
- Send letters/postcards to your new friend, much like a penpal!