In response to the new rules introduced by the Scottish Government, Age Scotland are offering their support to older people.
These new rules restricting movement ‘will be a bitter pill to swallow’, says Age Scotland’s Head of Policy and Communications, Adam Stachura, who agreed ‘these measures are no doubt necessary to get to grips with the rapid spread of the virus.’
Mr Stachura said: “The thought of enduring another lockdown without face-to-face contact with family or friends will be extremely difficult but this is clearly not a decision that has been taken lightly.
“We have seen the toll this virus has already taken on Scotland’s older population and, while the continuation of the vaccine rollout offers some peace of mind, the new faster spreading variant is cause for concern and makes these new measures essential.”
Their reminder follows the news from the First Minister that sets out greater restrictions on movement, religious attendance and other areas of life.
Nicola Sturgeon told parliament: “We have decided to introduce from tomorrow, for the duration of January, a legal requirement to stay at home except for essential purposes. This is similar to the lockdown of March last year.”
This addition to the existing restrictions means that people can only leave their homes for essential purposes such as food shopping, collecting medicines and supporting vulnerable family.
Mr Stachura added: “At the beginning of the pandemic, we saw an incredible outpouring of support, with people volunteering across the country to help with food delivery, collecting prescriptions – or simply a friendly phone call or doorstep chat.
“With shielding guidance expected soon, many older people may once again need help getting food and other essentials.
“We hope to see a continuation of this community support and would urge people to look out for older friends, neighbours and relatives they know will be affected by this guidance.”
Although not everyone has access to in person support like this for various reasons, so Age Scotland offer a phone line for support.
Mr Stachura explained: “We want older people to know that we are there for them. Our free Helpline is available to offer advice, information and friendship to anyone who needs it.
“Please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0800 12 44 222. As we re-enter a state of national lockdown, older people need to know they are not facing this difficult period alone.”