Pay postal work­ers to check the el­derly

The Oban Times - - LETTERS -

Sir, De­spite the huge in­crease in the num­ber of el­derly people be­ing forecast 30 years ago, politi­cians of all colours failed to plan and bud­get for a dif­fer­ent so­ci­ety. Keep­ing people in their own homes is great but how can we en­sure they are all mon­i­tored and have reg­u­lar per­sonal con­tact?

It costs £100 for a GP to make a home visit and £50 for a nurse. It’s still £25 for a so­cial worker, which is why in Fin­land and Jer­sey gov­ern­ments are pay­ing postal work­ers £5 to check on el­derly res­i­dents and re­duce the need and ex­pense for cri­sis care. A quick smile and a chat for an iso­lated pen­sioner liv­ing alone is good and cheap medicine.

In these days of de­clin­ing mail vol­umes, £5 a visit would bring wel­come new rev­enue to the Post Of­fice as well as help­ing our com­mu­ni­ties. Help­ing vot­ers and sav­ing money are seem­ingly no longer im­por­tant, though, as Cosla and Holy­rood politi­cians fo­cus on their own flat­u­lence. Mike Foster, San­nox, Cran­naig a Mhin­is­ter, Oban.

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