BC Care Providers is encouraging residents in Metro Vancouver to look out for their elderly neighbours during the cold weather.
Chief Executive Officer Daniel Fontaine says seniors often find themselves isolated during cold spells.
Fontaine says residents should also take special care to shovel their sidewalk so that seniors can safely get from point A to B.
“Social isolation is something which seniors deal with in periods where we are experiencing bad weather because their care givers, or their family may not visit them as often because the weather is inclement. We really are encouraging people if they know a senior, an elderly person, that is by themselves, to reach out to them. If you can visit them, we’re encouraging people to do that over the next few days.”
Fontaine says seniors struggling to shovel snow to use the city’s new Snow Angel service, which sends volunteers out to those in need of help, but even that organization has been low on volunteers to combat the recent snowfall.
“The snow and cold weather could be here for another couple of weeks, which when you extend it over that long period of time, it could mean that some seniors could be in their home for a long period, and it’s really important to get that interaction with other people so we hope that people will reach out.”