Helping the elderly

Romania
March 26, 2020 2:02pm CST
As some of you know, I am a tourist guide and I also work with European projects. But I am on forced leave for more than 2 weeks now. However, as far as I know, I will get complete salary. My contract is made with the local council. Tomorrow, we will go to the people who are over 65, as they are the ones who are not allowed to get outside, giving them brochures with the telephone numbers of the stores that practice home delivery on groceries in these difficult times. I have to say that I am a bit afraid, as I don't know who I will meet. I just hope that I will not get infected. All I know that I will have a long day tomorrow. How do the local authorities help the elderly in your place?
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@AmbiePam (83412)
• United States
26 Mar 20
Here, they designated times in grocery stores just got the elderly. Since they are the most at risk it is better for them to not have to venture out with everyone else. They also get first dibs at the grocery supplies because the hours for them are in the morning.
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@DianneN (246460)
• United States
26 Mar 20
Same here.
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• Romania
26 Mar 20
It is certainly a great way to solve the problem! We live in a small town, with around 5000 inhabitants, so home delivery from more than 10 stores can help a lot, too.
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@CarolDM (203482)
• Nashville, Tennessee
26 Mar 20
Most stores are opening early just for seniors every day. You could wear a mask and gloves. Helping others is a good thing. Just be safe.
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• Romania
26 Mar 20
I will try my best to keep the distance! Thanks your your wishes!
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@Alexandoy (65350)
• Cainta, Philippines
26 Mar 20
Is that a voluntary work for you to give help to the elders? It is risky to go from house to house since we are on a lockdown to deter traveling and meeting people. I don't think that program is a good move at this time.
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• Romania
26 Mar 20
It is compulsory. I will try to keep the distance from everybody.
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• Romania
27 Mar 20
@Alexandoy I really hope I managed to do so. I kept my distance, I wore a mask and gloves.
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@Alexandoy (65350)
• Cainta, Philippines
26 Mar 20
@rappeter13 ouch, compulsory work huh. Good luck and keep yourself safe from the risk of contamination.
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@MALUSE (69437)
• Germany
26 Mar 20
I don't know. The people who live with me in the same house help me.
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• Romania
26 Mar 20
That is nice from them! Here, many elderly don't have who to rely on, as their children live elsewhere.
• Romania
26 Mar 20
@MALUSE Of course, but in many cases, the close neighbors are all over 65. And they are not allowed to get out of the house.
@MALUSE (69437)
• Germany
26 Mar 20
@rappeter13 You don't need children if you have friendly neighbours.
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@DianneN (246460)
• United States
26 Mar 20
Our grocery stores open an hour early just for seniors and the handicapped. The stores are disinfected before they arrive and are stocked by workers who take safety precautions. I hope you wear a mask and gloves, don’t touch your face, and shower the second you get home.
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• Romania
26 Mar 20
I hope they will give mask and gloves, as I don't have any. I will definitely take a shower after I arrive home.
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• Romania
26 Mar 20
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@DianneN (246460)
• United States
26 Mar 20
@rappeter13 I hope they provide a mask and gloves, too.
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@Laurakemunto (12862)
• Kenya
30 Mar
We had a scheme that used to offer payment at the end of every month but it was later banned by the new government. So the elderly depend on their families and others just die in poverty
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• Romania
30 Mar
Being old makes you vulnerable. If there is nobody there for you, you can have many problems. It is a shame that the society doesn't make more efforts for them.
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• Kenya
30 Mar
@rappeter13 yea old age also comes with lots of complications healthwise and productivity reduced and the old need so much support
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@JudyEv (321122)
• Rockingham, Australia
27 Mar 20
Can you put the leaflets in their letter-boxes or under their doors? That might be safer.
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• Romania
27 Mar 20
I did that with the people who didn't answer. Everybody lives in houses, so I could practice social distancing with them. I hope that I didn't catch anything.
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@JudyEv (321122)
• Rockingham, Australia
28 Mar 20
@rappeter13 I'm sure you took good precautions.
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• Philippines
27 Mar 20
Please practice social distancing.
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• Romania
27 Mar 20
I did that. I also wore a mask and gloves.
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