Limerick day care staff brave conditions to check in on housebound elderly

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

Staff braved dangerous road conditions to call to them individually to make sure they had food and fuel supplies

Staff braved dangerous road conditions to call to them individually to make sure they had food and fuel supplies

KIND-HEARTED staff at a County Limerick day-care centre have ensured up to 150 elderly people have food and fuel.

Manager of Cappamore Day Care Centre, Liz Grant said the situation is “very worrying”.

Many of those who attend their centre every week are aged in their seventies, eighties and nineties, and live on their own. They reside in Cappamore, Doon, Oola, Pallasgreen, Murroe, Boher, Kilteely and Dromkeen. The day care centre was forced to close on Thursday but they are checking in on everybody.

“We have rang everybody we could and the ones that we couldn't reach we called to their house to make sure they are alright,” said Liz. 

Staff braved dangerous road conditions to call to them individually to make sure they had food and fuel supplies. They also asked neighbours to keep an eye on them.

“I'm worried about them all. It is desperate. Please God we will be open on Monday and everybody will be OK. The roads are very bad out here in Cappamore. All the shops are closed and it is still snowing,” said Liz this Friday. 

Snow continues to fall over the east of the county with up to six inches of snow reported in some parts. A small number of motorists have braved the conditions. The fire service were observed patrolling the streets of Kilmallock at 9am, ensuring no drivers had gotten into difficulty.