By Suzanne Pender
THE compassion and quick thinking of staff at Tullow Day Care Centre helped to save an elderly woman lying helplessly on the floor of her home for hours.
At some stage on the morning of Wednesday 6 January, the vulnerable pensioner had suffered a fall in her own home, leaving her unable to get off the floor and unable to call for help. That lunchtime, Brian Delaney, a meals-on-wheels driver with Tullow Day Care Centre, tried to deliver a meal to the woman. When Brian got no response to his knocks on the door, he left the dinner outside, as had been previously arranged with the client.
However, Brian couldn’t shake the feeling that something wasn’t quite right so later that evening on his usual walk he decided to walk past the elderly lady’s house and saw the food still outside the front door, where he had left it.
A concerned Brian immediately contacted Tullow Day Care Centre manager Wendy Sinnott, who in turn responded by phoning the client’s next of kin.
Wendy also phoned the gardaí, who were on the scene within minutes and quickly discovered the woman lying on the floor with suspected broken arms. An ambulance was called and the lady was taken to hospital and is thankfully now recovering.
“Brian said that he was worried about this client and on his usual evening walk decided to call by the house; it is unthinkable what the result might have been if he hadn’t done so,” explained Wendy.
In a statement, the board of Tullow Day Care Centre praised its manager and staff for their quick thinking and the concern and compassion they have for the many clients who use the service.
“The concern and the quick response of the staff and centre manager prevented what could have been a tragedy,” they stated.
Summing up the incident, the centre quoted the late Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Patrick Lennon: “A community can be judged by the care and concern it shows for the elderly.”