Friday, 15 February 2019

Watch Over My Parents

The post office in France, like post offices all over the Western World, is struggling to remain relevant and working on re-inventing itself. One of the most responsive to changing social needs is the Veiller sur mes parents ('Watch Over My Parents') scheme.

Photographed by Susan from Loire Valley Time Travel.

If you sign up the postie will not just deliver your parent's mail, but call in on them and check up on them. You can choose how frequently they visit (one day a week to six days a week). After each visit, confirmation will be sent to you will be informed by message on your phone. You will be told if the visit went well and if your parent expressed a need for anything.

There is also a 24/7 telephone assistance team available to your parent and they will alert the emergency services if necessary. If your parent needs a tradesman or professional the assistance team can refer them to a list of fully screened service providers.

Photographed by Susan from Loire Valley Time Travel.

A basic service of one visit a week by the postie plus telephone assistance costs €39.90, which is tax deductible so the net cost is half that. The full service of six visits a week and telephone assistance costs €69.95 after the tax deduction. You are billed monthly and there is no contract so you are not locked in to the service for a specified period.


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Colin and Elizabeth said...

Sounds like a good idea for those with a parent a long way away. Will be as always dependent on the nature of the postie that visits some will be much better than others. C

Susan said...

Same applies whoever you have visiting.

Katie Zeller said...

It's a fantastic idea - and if ours in any indicator, seems to be working. She used to come between 12 and 12:15 every day. Now it ranges between 11 and 2 so I assume she is busy doing this.

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