How (and if) to help ailing neighbors
April 17, 2012 5:01 PM Subscribe
How to offer help to ailing neighbors (and if to offer help at all).
posted by Zosia Blue to Home & Garden (17 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I live in a mid-sized US Midwestern suburban neighborhood where I know and am friendly with everyone my street. Three of my neighbors are ill. One is elderly, and two have chronic diseases that keep them housebound. They each have spouses and children who visit and assist them. I've spoken with all of them a few times in the two years I've lived here and am on a waving basis with the healthy partners in the couples.
I work from home and am able-bodied, and would like to help my neighbors and their families in any way I can. However, I don't know a) how to offer my help, b) if my help would be appreciated and c) what that help might be.
1. What's the best way to offer my help and let me neighbors know that I'm home during the day, and generally available to help? I haven't run into the spouses of the couples in a long while. I feel it would be invasive to knock on the door (I'm an extremely private person, so my bearings may be off on this.) My thought was to write a note with my contact info.
2. Would this type of help even be wanted? I don't plan to harangue them with offers, but I just want them to know I'm available and willing. However, I don't know if this would be considered strange/invasive.
3. What type of help would be, well, helpful in these situations?