French post staff will check on relatives - for free

Anyone who would like their French postman/woman to check up on their well-being during the Covid-19 confinement period can now ask for this service free of charge.

26 March 2020
By Oliver Rowland

As long as the confinement requirement lasts, La Poste is extending its Veiller sur mes parents (Watch over my parents) service, usually aimed at elderly isolated people, for anyone that asks for it.

As the name suggests, the service is often set up by younger people for their relatives who may not live near to them (click here for more information).

It usually starts from €19.90/month for one visit a week (eligible for 50% off as a tax credit), with rising charges for more frequent visits. However exceptionally La Poste is offering one free visit a week during the whole confinement period, both to existing and new customers, and with no commitment to continue afterwards.

What is more there is no condition of age or health and you can set it up for yourself or for a family member or friend.

Before any actual physical visit is proposed, La Poste will telephone to check the person wants this. If not then the check of their well-being can also be offered by phone.

See this website for more information or call 0800 000 001 (free number).

In this previous article from The Connexion's October edition last year [subscribers/paywall] a reader from Australia praised the service, which she uses for her 96-year-old father.

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