After experiencing first hand the loneliness and isolation brought on by serious illness, one Mohill man has decided to make a positive difference in the lives of other elderly people.
In March this year, Tony Higgins suffered a stroke. He moved to Leitrim for some peace and quiet and to allow himself to recuperate and that is when he noticed there were a number of people living locally who were feeling isolated.
“I thought i wanted to volunteer and to do something about this,” he said. This led to the creation of the charity service, 'Help the Elderly'. Tony and a colleague volunteer to help others impacted by isolation, but are always looking for help from other volunteers.
The service aims to assist the older members of our communities to enjoy just that, a sense of community and belonging.
“Our mission is to enable older people to age in the place of their choice and working to ensure quality of life and well being,” Tony told the Leitrim Observer.
“We contact every person that is registered with us by phone and make their day start in a happy mode. This service is provided 365 days a year, yes including Christmas Day, getting each day started with a smile. We also arrange emergency buttons should you have a fall and cannot get to the phone.”
Help the Elderly also provides a befriending service including providing help with doctor, nurse or hospital visits.
All services are provided by volunteers.
If you know someone that is elderly or someone who lives alone who may benefit from this service call Tony on (085) 736 9707.