Older Adults and Persons who have serious chronic medical conditions are at an increased risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.The Baltimore City Health Department has put together a website with a number of resources and information for senior citizens: https://coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov/information-older-adults-and-caregivers
Older Adults and COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questionshttps://coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov/sites/default/files/COVID 19%20Older%20Adult%20FAQ_Fin.docx.pdf
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for Older Adult Populations- MDH Guidance March 9, 2020
Older Adult Emergency Checklist
Senior Daily Check-In -Maryland
The Maryland Department of Aging has established a free, opt-in, daily telephonic service to check on Maryland’s older residents, all across the state
We recommend all seniors use the program as a resource during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Senior Call Check phone lines are open M-F 8 am-5 pm and Saturday 9 am-3 pm. During these hours, seniors can call toll-free 1-866-50-CHECK (1-866-502-0560) and register. The verification and enrollment process can be completed within 24 hours Monday – Saturday.
How does it work?: Every day a telephone call will be placed to a participant at a regularly scheduled time. These calls will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. as close as possible to the one-hour time block pre-selected by the participant. If the participant does not answer their first call, they will be tried two more times. If those calls go unanswered, additional calls will be made to notify an alternative person who is selected by the participant during program enrollment. This could be an adult child, a neighbor, or another loved one. The alternate will then be encouraged to check on the older adult program participant. The failure of the participant and alternate to answer may result in a Welfare Check by local law enforcement.
Senior Call Checklist -Baltimore City
City-Operated Senior Centers
Discretionary activities are temporarily suspended for older adults, including all programming at the seven City-operated Senior Center buildings. The City Operated Senior Centers will remain staffed to assist older adults and continue to provide meals, supplies, and information and referral services to those who need it. Planned activities involving mass gatherings, trips and classes will be suspended.
Senior Housing Guidance
Strategies to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF)
Beginning March 16, the Health Department will provide boxed lunches at senior centers. If there are
factors that prevent participants from picking up a meal, meals can be delivered as an option by calling the Maryland Access Point at 410-396-CARE (2273), for eligibility into the home-delivered meal program.
COVID-19 Older Adult Food Resources
COVID-19 Older Adult Grocery Shopping Guidance
Family and Friend Guide for Older Adult Shopping Guidance
Neighborhood Volunteer Guidance for Older Adult Shopping
SENIOR RESOURCE DIRECTORY
STAY ACTIVE AT HOME
The Department of Recreation and Parks announced the launch of Chat & Chew: Free Virtual and Call-in Senior Classes. Beginning May 19, seniors are encouraged to participate in senior-friendly health and wellness courses or experience the arts with music provided by the Lyric Opera House, art classes with Art With a Heart, and much more.
The Chat & Chew: Free Virtual and Call-in Senior Classes are available every Tuesday at 11:30am from May 19 through July 7.
Join by dialing in 1-667-228-6519 and enter pin number 1681 or visit www.bit.ly/bcrpsenior. Recreation and Parks’ Virtual Rec Center provides an array of activities from at-home workouts, art and nature projects, STEM lessons, outdoor activities like gardening or bird watching, and more. The digital resource page provides safe, alternative recreation options for residents of all ages and abilities