All countries ‘should copy’ Poste’s home visit service

A La Poste worker visiting an elderly person in their home

Postal services across the world should follow France’s lead and offer visits to elderly residents, says a Connexion reader who lives in Australia and set up regular calls on her father.

Sylvia Bellamy has used La Poste’s Veiller sur mes parents (“keep an eye on my parents”)service for almost two years for her father George Bellamy, 96, who lives in south west France.

She set up the system remotely after leaving France and said it is reassuring.

Her father, a retired pilot, lives alone and “likes the company” of visits, she said.

The service allows family to check that all is OK and the elderly person often finds comfort in having someone to chat with.

Sylvia Bellamy and her father at his French home a few years ago

Mrs Bellamy has met the visiting post ladies who have became friends with her ...

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