Now is the time to help the elderly

Augusta Margaret River Times

Capes Lower House politicians have urged residents to reach out to the region’s elderly and disadvantaged residents during the COVID-19 crisis.

Warren-Blackwood MLA Terry Redman and Vasse MLA Libby Mettam said volunteers were needed.

“There is no need for panic, especially in our regional areas,” Mr Redman, pictured, said.

“I am particularly concerned for the elderly in our region, and distressed they may feel confused and isolated.

“I ask people to check on elderly or vulnerable neighbours, to ensure they have adequate food and medical supplies, and are not sick or injured without support or visitors. A simple phone call is all it takes to fill the void of isolation.”

Ms Mettam’s office had made many calls to seniors offering help.

“I have put a call out to volunteers to support our seniors and vulnerable, and I have received an enormous response from our generous community,” she said.

“It is essential we care for each other at this time and calm any panic as there are ongoing food supplies and we have a wonderful community prepared to support each other.”

Both politicians urged residents who believed there were “service gaps” in the region to contact electorate offices.

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