Irish Rural Link – the national network representing the interest of rural communities is urging older people to keep safe and keep warm during the cold weather over the next few days.

With snow in some parts of the region and freezing conditions expected to last for the coming days, the organisation is urging older people to keep warm and avoid going out if at all possible.  Very often older people don’t leave heat on or keep fires going but they should keep house extra warm during this time and wear extra layers.

It is asking the public to call in on elderly neighbours to ensure they have enough fuel and food and not presume someone else is calling in to them.

Irish Rural Link also urges older people to contact neighbours if they do need help with anything, and not be afraid to ask, and if they have a personal alarm to check it is working and have it on them at all times.

People need to be extra mindful of older neighbours living on their own at this time.

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