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Coronavirus advice: How to protect elderly people in your community.

Loosemores Solicitors is collaborating with Age Connects Cardiff and the Vale to urge everyone to take measures to protect older people in our communities amidst the coronavirus outbreak. 

Social Distancing

The UK government is advising elderly people and those with ongoing health problems to self-isolate. If you are unwell or showing symptoms of coronavirus please avoid contact with other people.

Communication

Older people may also face isolation or mobility challenges. Please be in regular communication with information and messages of reassurance to help combat social isolation. Consider alternative means of communication in lieu of face to face visits. Technology can help with this enormously.

Support

Some older people can rely on support from their families, but not everyone is so fortunate. Charities and community groups have taken it upon themselves to help those affected by the coronavirus outbreak, with new volunteer opportunities arising every day.

Karen Steele, Marketing and Partnerships Manager, Age Connects Cardiff and the Vale commented :

“Our staff and volunteers are working hard to make telephone calls to the hundreds of older people on our database and speaking with those contacting us daily for support. If assistance is needed with shopping etc. we are allocating this accordingly and also continuing with regular telephone calls to offer reassurance, social contact and support. If you or any older people who you know of may not have family or friends locally who can help and require extra assistance during the coronavirus outbreak, our Community Support Project can be contacted on: 02920 683600. Additionally, if you would like to show support for the ever growing demand for our local charity support at this time and make a much needed donation, please use this link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/helpushelp.”

Maria Cosslett, Partner and Head of Probate, Wills and Trusts at Loosemores added:

“It’s natural to be concerned for elderly relatives during these uncertain and difficult times. It is important we all take the necessary measures to protect the most vulnerable in our society. It is uplifting to see charities like Age Connects going above and beyond what is expected to support those in need.”

For more information about the coronavirus visit Public Health Wales.

For more information about how you can support older people in your community please visit Age Connects Cardiff and the Vale.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Maria Cosslett via CosslettME@Loosemores.co.uk. Maria is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and a Member of the Society of Estate and Trusts Practitioners (STEP) and of the Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and a Dementia Friend.

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