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Extreme temps prompt checks on our elderly

MEALS on Wheels volunteers will be delivering bottles of water at the organisation's own cost to ensure the elderly clients are kept hydrated this week.

The volunteer organisation, as well as Northern NSW Local Health District, are reminding the community to check in on our vulnerable and elderly people as temperatures soar.

Paula Whitehead, operations manager at Lismore Meals on Wheels, said the service comes into its own during extreme weather events, with daily check-ins.

"Our volunteers will report back if a client isn't looking well. Many of our clients are isolated - our volunteers are often the only person they have any contact with," she said.

Northern NSW Local Health District is urging people to take the risk of heat-related illness seriously, with temperatures set to hit 36 degrees today.

Assistant Director of North Coast Public Health Unit, Greg Bell, said that while heat-related illness may affect anyone, certain groups were particularly vulnerable. These include the over 75s, infants and children, people with a chronic medical condition and people who live alone.

"Heat puts a lot of strain on the body and can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

To volunteer or to become a Meals On Wheels client call 66242815.

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