Many of you are asking what you can do to help both the elderly and those who care for them during the crisis brought about by COVID-19. To answer that, WAM has asked some of our trusted partners with whom we’ve worked over the past 5 years to tell us what they are doing and how our Care Collective can best help them in their caregiving needs.
STAYING CONNECTED & INFORMED
PROVIDING EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
If you are a layperson who wants to volunteer and offer friendly support to a caregiver or elderly person, you can search for organizations in your community that coordinate letter-writing campaigns, or join the national Letters of Love – Love for the Elderly initiative.
THOSE IN NEED
If you want to offer financial support to feed the elderly, there are many organizations who are working hard to provide more shelf stable meals to seniors because of the decline in home visits due to sheltering in place. These meals cost more and organizations are in need of financial contributions.
If you want to volunteer to shop/deliver meals for the elderly, check with your local food banks, churches, community centers or the organizations listed above to see if you can help shop for a senior or deliver meals.
SUPPORT FIRST RESPONDERS
If you want to help finance Personal Protective Equipment for healthcare providers in nursing homes, senior centers and hospitals, there are global, national and local campaigns to which you can contribute. Check with your local nursing home or hospital for their campaigns if you want to help your neighborhood community.
If you are a business that can donate equipment, your local nursing homes and senior care centers are in dire need of sterile, unused equipment. Most health care facilities now have a page dedicated to COVID-19 and will tell you where to drop off equipment, so check online for a home or hospital near you.