One of the common symptoms of long-term health conditions is dehydration; this may be for a variety of reasons, but common ones include medication or fluctuating body temperature. Someone may leave the house with a w ater bottle, but may drink this quickly and they may be wishing to stay in the town and shop but are faced with a dilemma of having to either return home or buy a bottled water, which can be relatively expensive (low income and disposable income another common factor in long-term health conditions).
One of our members suggested that it would be a good idea if we put together a scheme where people with long-term health conditions can refill their water bottle (with tap water) at participating establishments.
It is envisaged that the project will work something along these lines:· Participating establishments will register with Sisu and receive a sticker/poster to display in a prominent position of the building. For some members, especially those with anxiety disorders, just walking into a building and asking is out of the question. · Our members will be supplied with a photo ID card to prevent abuse of the system. They will supply this ID and a water bottle to be refilled once in the premises.
· As the project is called Hi-drate, we would ask the person on the premises to at least say “hi” to our member and have a basic conversation, this may the first person our member has spoken to in days.
· We don’t expect the establishment to ask for any payment to our member in any form, but we also don’t expect the premises to be out of pocket in any instance for this service. If there are circumstances that may mean this will cost you financially, please speak to us at the first instance.
· We don’t expect our members to be served immediately or for them to have any preferential treatment, especially if the premises are busy, but we do expect the bottle to be filled within a reasonable time.
We do expect you to be acknowledged for offering this service and to this point we will promote your establishment as a ‘Sisu Friendly Business’ at every opportunity