Help el­derly neigh­bours pre­pare for wet sea­son

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ Pil­bara res­i­dents are be­ing urged to pull up their sleeves and lend a hand to el­derly neigh­bours in pre­par­ing their homes for the wet sea­son.

Re­search by the Aus­tralian Pen­sion­ers In­sur­ance Agency sug­gests fewer than half of over-50s liv­ing in ar­eas of risk are ad­e­quately pre­pared and only a quar­ter had mod­i­fied their homes to pro­tect against sum­mer storms and cy­clones

APIA spokes­woman An­gela Wilkin­son said the statis­tics were con­cern­ing but not un­ex­pected.

“We know that some main­te­nance tasks around the home get more dif­fi­cult or dan­ger­ous as you age, such as check­ing the roof tiles or clear­ing gut­ters and some of th­ese im­por­tant pre-sea­son tasks can get put to one side as a re­sult,” she said.

“So we are urg­ing peo­ple to think of their older fam­ily, friends and neigh­bours in the com­mu­nity and help them in their storm and bush­fire sea­son prepa­ra­tions.

“If you have an older neigh­bour who lives at home by them­selves, or know of some­one in the com­mu­nity who may need some as­sis­tance, knock on their door or give them a call to make sure they are pre­pared.”

Ms Wilkin­son said help could be some­thing as sim­ple as clear­ing your neigh­bours gut­ters or help­ing to trim back over­hang­ing trees.

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