TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Volunteers with Meals on Wheels are keeping an eye on clients during the extreme North Texas heat.
The Good Samaritans are not only delivering meals but also looking out for the safety of elderly and homebound individuals.
“Their home needs to be their safe place and if their home isn’t safe then they’re at risk for heat stroke or something that’s preventable,” Tarrant County Meals on Wheels spokeswoman Denise Harris explained.
While workers with the service organization are taking extra steps, Harris said you don’t have to be a volunteer to help.
“So, people should go and check on their neighbors… check on their loved ones.”
Even during reasonable weather conditions special attention needs to be paid to people who are shut-in.
“Those individuals that are homebound they are truly isolated and no one checks on them. Not only can checking on them save their life, it can really change their day,” Harris said. “Their home needs to be their safe place and if their home isn’t safe then they’re at risk for heat stroke or something that’s preventable.”
The extreme heat is dangerous to everyone, but can be deadly for the elderly.
“When conditions reach over 90-degrees fans do nothing to protect against heat-related illnesses. We want to ensure that not only are our clients keeping cool, but they’re also running their utilities.”
Besides providing food Meals on Wheels can also offer clients utility assistance and window air conditioners.
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