The CEO of an organisation which supports older people has blasted “the negligence and disregard of other people across the country.”
Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, was responding to advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team encouraging older people to narrow interactions to a small network of people while also asking people to keep gatherings in their homes small.
“Of course, we want to protect our older people from Covid-19,” Mr Moynihan said.
“We feel the way to do this is to main social solidarity where we all follow the public health advice and collectively protect those at risk regardless of age.
“Fresh air, movement, social connection and access to medical services are essential for older people now in the winter months ahead.
“Ultimately, we stand alongside those who use our services, and we are extremely disappointed that older people may face harsh restrictions once again due to the negligence and disregard of other people across the country.”
The organisation said they are also concerned about the impact of Covid-19 as the weather begins to get colder and are calling on the Government and NPHET to start putting plans in place for the winter months.
“ALONE has spoken to many people who use our services who feel that they had been managing their own risks and following public health guidelines and rules, and that they should be able to choose and manage risks and their health like any other adult,” the organisation said in a statement.
“ALONE believe that everyone should treated equally and this is only possible if we all follow the guidelines.”
ALONE is encouraging older people who need advice to call ALONE on 0818 222 024 from 8am-8pm, seven days a week.
Contact ALONE if you have concerns about your own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of an older person you know.
Further information can be found on www.alone.ie.