AN POST has launched a vital new service allowing people across Ireland to request someone from the postal service “checks-in” with an elderly or vulnerable family member during lockdown.
With anyone over 65 or with a pre-existing medical condition advised to remain indoors and “cocoon” for the next 12 weeks, the coronavirus crisis has created an isolating but necessary situation for some.
However, An Post is going above and beyond to support these vulnerable groups.
The post service is already arranging the delivery of groceries, medicines, post and newspapers to Ireland's vulnerable, with some 160,000 homes set to benefit under the scheme.
In addition to this, post men and women will also call in any at risk residents on their regular routes to see if they need any help and will contact the charity Alone if any further assistance is required.
Family members can register for the “Request a Check-In" service, which is free to use, online.
All they need to do is enter the postal address and eircode of the customer that needs a “check-in” at anpost.com/Community-Support.
An Post managing director Garret Bridgeman said: "Working with our dedicated and trusted staff, and the Communications Workers Union, we are delighted to put this new facility in place free-of-charge free, combining the digital and physical delivery sides of the business for the common good."
An Post has also launched its new Newspaper delivery service.
Anyone wishing to sign-p for the service can do so online.
An Post will provide a same-day newspaper delivery service to households from Monday to Friday, as part of the scheme.
Deliveries are free-of-charge to older and vulnerable customers ‘cocooning’ during the Covid 19 crisis.