It’s no surprise that the Coronavirus, COVID-19 has surged through Ireland and left a wake of uncertainty throughout every community. In the last few weeks we’ve seen just how much the people of Ireland care for one another. From group singalongs, the support of our healthcare workers and the small gestures we’re making when keeping our social distance and staying home. We have truly seen how Ireland has come together in the face of challenge.
The team at insuremyhouse.ie have been no different. We’ve been looking for ways to support our customers, peers and community during this time. If you’re looking for a way to help out, check out some of the ways the team at insuremyhouse.ie are working to keep their communities and connections thriving through these uncertain times.
Begin Group Shopping
If you’re friendly with the people in your neighbourhood start a Facebook or Whatsapp group chat. This can be used to communicate with each other when it comes to going food shopping or picking up prescriptions. In this case, one person from the neighbourhood will collect the shopping of other households to reduce the time individual households are outside. This is also great practice if you have neighbours who are in vulnerable health.
Remember when participating in group shopping it’s imperative to consider social distancing measures, ensure you’re utilising protective materials such as gloves and masks, and practicing transferring items to each other safely utilising the recommendations of the HSE
Identify those at risk
Identify those in your community who may be struggling to get their essentials during the pandemic. This might be an elderly neighbour, someone who is immunocompromised or even a single parent who might be struggling to get to the store. Connect with these people and see if there is a way that you can
n provide assistance by offering to help them reschedule appointments, keep them virtual company or even as simple as providing a recommendation for an isolation activity – such as a favourite book suggestion to keep them occupied.
Check in on each other’s mental health
During the time of isolation, there is more to worry about than just falling ill. The second biggest effect of the COVID-19 pandemic is the effect that it can have on mental health. Many people are worried about getting sick, the effect on their employment and how COVID-19 is affecting their loved ones.
During this time, you can help with mental health by offering a supportive phone call or text message, encouraging people to limit their social media screen time and properly analyzing the information released by news sources. Check in on your neighbours and offer an ear over the phone to talk about your worries and concerns – as they say, a problem shared is a problem halved.
Make time for Face Time
Loneliness is a huge factor during the period of isolation. One of the ways that you can combat this is through face time calls with your loved ones. Take the time to teach your elderly relatives or friends how to utilise video calling the tools either through their phone, Facebook or apps like Houseparty. Seeing a friendly face on the other end of the phone is a great way to stay connected with each other and stave off the feeling of loneliness.
Volunteer with Alone Ireland
Alone Ireland is a fantastic group who are working to support older people to age at home. The COVID-19 support team provide a friendly voice to listen and communicate with the elderly and other at-risk people who are finding the isolation period to be a struggle. You can connect with people from all over the country and be a safe space for someone during these trying times.
The COVID-19 virus may have temporarily put a pause to our regular lives, but it’s by supporting our families, friends, loved ones and community that we can all begin to come together and come out stronger than when we went in. Our colleagues at insuremyvan.ie have partnered with Alone Ireland to support those who are elderly or in need of assistance during the self-isolation period and are working to give back to our communities around the country.
To learn more about how you can help, visit alone.ie