For vulnerable elders, Covid-19 is both traumatic and life-threatening.
The Covid-19 pandemic is a scary time for us all. However, for elderly people in your community it could have tragic consequences.
Around 170,000 elderly people in NZ live alone. This time of isolation has been long, and it’s going to be longer still. Research has shown that social isolation can cause many health issues, including high blood pressure, heart disease, weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, and even death. People who find themselves unexpectedly alone are at particular risk.
Until the nation moves to at least alert level 2, elderly people will not have the freedom to do many of the daily tasks we take for granted. And the risk to their health, due to loneliness and social isolation, will increase.
Enliven aged-care are an essential service. We know that the elderly in our homes are safe and well.
However, there are thousands of elderly people in our communities who don’t have the support that they need during this pandemic.
Our Wellbeing Assistance teams are activated and supporting older people in your community right now. But as a not-for-profit organisation, we need your help.
Food, heating and other essentials, emergency alarms – we can provide and deliver a range of items. Although sometimes, it’s as simple as a regular phone call. Our ‘caring callers’ are able to phone and check in, to make sure our treasured elderly are okay. A chat with someone can really brighten your day when you’re feeling lonely. And this is the perfect time for our team to find out if there are any practical needs we can assist with.
Our community team are contacting elderly people in your community, and providing the support that they need.
We are finding that they need the most practical items:
- Personal hygiene products, including continence products
- Heaters and warm clothing as winter sets in
- Personal safety alarms (in case of a fall, they can instantly request help)
- Regular phone calls for companionship and safety
But we need your help. As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely on the support of people like you. People who want to know vulnerable elders in their community are taken care of.