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Living at Home Network: Helping during Covid-19

April 24, 2020

Living at Home Network programs are working hard to help older adults make it though the COVID-19 period.  Services being offered include:

  • checking in with people to see how they are doing and if they need any help.
  • delivering groceries and needed supplies to people so that they can stay safely in at home.
  • making many friendly phone visits to help people feel connected to the community.
  • some are still doing high priority volunteer transportation, when possible.
  • delivering care packages to brighten the day for people who are getting tired of staying in. So far, popular care package items have included seeds with soil and a pot to enjoy watching flowers grow and a cleverly designed BINGO card for doing BINGO from home. The BINGO card includes items such as seeing a robin, leaf buds on a tree and a dandelion.

We are seeing older adults honoring the public health advice to stay in, but that can get lonely. We encourage everyone to think about the older adults they know and make phone calls to brighten their day. We will get through this together.

We continue to track the latest news about the coronavirus (COVID-19) to best help and protect the older adults we serve and our volunteers. We are following recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and from state and local public health officials . Within these guidelines, group activities are postponed and services are being redesigned to  protect volunteers and people served from virus transmission.

This is an important time for communities to come together to support each other. The network programs working to see the older adults in the community feel supported during this uncertain time.

If you are interested in the daily "Situation Update" from the state of Minnesota go HERE.