The war has dramatically changed life in Ukraine. Under the circumstances the TLU volunteers are focused on supporting old lonely and vulnerable people:
- Regular contacts by telephone in order to do social and moral support to reveal the needs and problems, to inform about availability of food in shops, medicines in pharmacies, etc.
- Delivery of food, medicines, sanitation and hygiene goods to immobile people
- Providing old vulnerable people with goods of 1st need
- Cooking meals for internally displaced people (refuges)
- Welcoming older IDPs, helping them to adapt to new environment
- Helping older people with restricted mobility to get in/out of shelters or basements
- Practical help to lonely old people left behind after their young relatives evacuated.
Old people are extremely vulnerable in the wartime. Especially the residents at the nursing homes of geriatric and psychoneurological profile. The most tragic situation is developing in the territories occupied by Russian aggressors or in the combat zone. Residential homes for the elderly are either shelled and destroyed, such as the residential home in Kreminna (Luhansk oblast), where 55 people were burned alive, or in Luparevo (Mykolaiv oblast), where the building was destroyed by rockets. Or the residents of the nursing homes, together with the staff, are staying for weeks in cold and dark basements, fleeing from endless rocket attacks. In any case, the supply of food and necessary goods is completely blocked, because the Russian orcs shoot at any vehicle. As a result, old people suffer from hunger, lack of medicine, stress. We must pay tribute to the staff of nursing homes, who manage to somehow buy food. But then there is the issue of funding.