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By now, we are all acutely aware of how the coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed our day to day lives. No longer do we enjoy the simple luxury of freedom of movement. However, the small sacrifice we are all making by staying in our homes will help stave off the virus and help to end it quicker. To remain inside, we must find alternative ways to access healthcare, medicine, banking, and shopping. For seniors struggling to find help, follow these tips for locating local resources during this crisis.
Look up your local representative
Rules and regulations are changing daily. Finding your local legislator is an excellent resource for keeping up to date with how COVID-19 is impacting your county and district. To find your local representative, visit https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative, and enter your zip code. Each member of Congress has a website chock full of local resources, including up to date regulations on public space closures, healthcare information, and meal resource programs.
Food is an essential resource, and maintaining access to food can be difficult when all recommendations urge older Americans to refrain from leaving their homes altogether. To find access to food locally visit Meals on Wheels and enter your zip code.
Follow the links to find programs in your area that help deliver ready-made meals as well as groceries to your home. Feeding America also has resources for finding local foodbanks. Your local food bank will also be able to let you know if a senior grocery program is available in your area.
Some officials recommend keeping a three-month supply of medication on hand during the coronavirus crisis. Meeting this recommendation means stocking up. But, it is essential for those in vulnerable populations, such as those with existing conditions and those over 65, to avoid going to the pharmacy. Call your local pharmacy to find delivery options. Another option is asking a family member or friend to pick up your prescription for you. Medicare also offers opportunities for prescription delivery, so check your plan to see if that is something available to you. For those having trouble affording their medications during these uncertain times, visit the National Council on Aging’s BenefitsCheckUp to apply for extra help. GoodRx is a resource to help you find coupons and the lowest prices for your medications.
It is often hard to know beforehand what we are going to need when something like a pandemic hits. For more help finding local resources, call your local 211 service, available 24 hours a day, or Eldercare Locator () at 1-800-677-1116 available weekdays, 9 am to 8 pm EST.