Meals on Wheels of Wake County checking on clients during cold weather

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – As the cold weather approaches, some people are more vulnerable to freezing temperatures than others, including the elderly and disabled.

It’s something the team at Meals on Wheels of Wake County keeps in mind when they make their deliveries.

CBS North Carolina tagged along with one volunteer as they checked on clients Thursday.

“It’s really important that you have the other eyes and ears going in a visiting them, and making sure their well-being is taken care of and they do have their lights, their heat,” said Lesley Richmond, senior outreach coordinator for Meals on Wheels.

“Sometimes they invite me in and I can just go in and take a quick look around,” said volunteer Stephanie Helms.

This will be Helms’ first winter volunteering with the organization.

Also a nurse, she can gauge how her clients are handling the frigid weather.

“Make sure that they’re dressed appropriately for the weather and that they appear healthy, that they’re not having difficulty breathing, that they’re able to walk to the door,” said Helms.

Most of Helms’ clients live in an apartment building with nearby neighbors to look after them.

It’s the folks in houses, like Patricia Hockaday, that Helms keeps a closer eye on.

“She asks me how I’m doing and do I need any help with things like that,” said Hockaday.

Hockaday and her husband will stay warm and toasty in the coming days, especially with Helms and Meals on Wheels looking after them.

“At the end of the day you want to make sure they’re taken care of,” said Richmond.

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