Please check on elderly neighbours
The care home Christmas crisis must be addressed and no doubt every effort will be made in the best interests of the elderly residents.
However, there is also a need to address the needs of those older people who don't live in residential accommodation.
There are many elderly people who suffer from being alone with minimum contact on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. This problem is particularly acute over the festive season, with reduced care services.
It is at such a time that a community can show its real Christmas spirit and rally round to check on elderly and alone neighbours.
It takes only a few minutes to say hello and check on an alone neighbour, but that short visit may result in the avoidance of a tragedy.
CLLR ADAM NEWTON (DUP)
Belfast City Council