YOUR HEALTH FIRST

7 Tips to help the vulnerable during COVID-19

The vulnerable members of society are the ones we all need to be looking out for during this time – the elderly, those with long-term health conditions, the immuno-compromised and anyone in at-risk groups. If you do not fall into these categories, you can help.

1. Pop to the shop.

Many people in at-risk groups are afraid to go to supermarkets due to large crowds and the fear of catching the virus there. Why not pop by and take a (socially distant) grocery list – or even better do so on the phone – and drop their groceries at their door.

2. All you have to do is call.

Never underestimate the power of a friendly phone call, a kind voice on the other end of the line letting them know someone is there to make sure they are ok. Simply checking in like this on a vulnerable person can boost morale and make a huge difference.

3. Run errands.

They may be used to posting their own letters or walking their dog, but these things are now actions that could put their lives at risk. Why not offer to walk the dog, post a letter or pick up the paper for them. It’s the little things that keep them going.

4. Start a volunteer group.

Get a group of friends and neighbours together who are healthy and willing, so you can help as many vulnerable people in your community as possible.

5. Food banks, homeless shelters and various other community charities will need donations.

Charities like ALONE – one of our amazing charity partners - who are specifically helping the elderly need as many donations as they can get at a time like this. You can text the word ALONE to 50300 to donate €4 or visit alone.ie.

ALONE have also launched a helpline for older people who are struggling with or have concerns surrounding COVID-19. If you, or an older person you know, need advice or support you can reach them from 8am-8pm every day, on 0818 222 024.

6. Keep your distance.

Whether you are dropping off groceries or walking their dog, adhere to the social distancing guidelines and be sure to wear gloves to avoid any potential transfer of the virus from you to them – even if you don’t have symptoms.

7. Give blood.

If you are under 70 and eligible to give blood, then now is as good a time as any. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, book an appointment ahead of time at your local clinic. Find out more on giveblood.ie.