Check on neighbours, keep in touch

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Keep in contact with others in the coming months especially as more individuals will be self-isolating with Omicron.

Neighbourhood Support New Zealand is calling on neighbours to keep in contact with each other in the coming months especially as more individuals will be self-isolating with Omicron.

Neighbourhood Support New Zealand chief executive Tess Casey said there was every chance people could find their usual support networks, such as family and friends, may not be available to help in the case of required self-isolation.

There were a few key things people could do during this time to make sure they were best prepared at home and in their neighbourhoods.

It could include setting up a neighbourhood support group, which can help people establish networks within their communities so they are never short on someone to help them with errands outside the home, such as picking up groceries or walking the dog.

It was also a good idea to have a home emergency kit on hand, she said.

An Omicron-ready home emergency kit might include things such as repeats of any essential medications, pain relievers, a thermometer, easy meals, perhaps some additional vitamin C & D, and simple things like tissues and cleaning products.

“There’s lots of great health advice out there but it’s also important to stay connected and reach out for help if you need it.”

Stay connected with others and reach out for help if you need it.

Social connection was a fundamental human need – perhaps now more than ever – and Neighbourhood Support encouraged people to make sure they had someone they could check in with her each day.

This can be taken a step further by thinking about those in your community and perhaps offering to be a ‘check in buddy’ for someone else in your neighbourhood.