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Protecting Yourself During COVID
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Click here for a helpful guide from Wider Horizons.
During the Coronavirus outbreak, there are an increased number of resources at your disposal to help you be as comfortable as possible without exposing yourself to unnecessary risk.
- Uber Eats has released a statement that they will be offering free delivery on meals from local restaurants. They are encouraging consumers to add the delivery instruction ‘leave at the door’ during checkout to help encourage social distancing through no-contact delivery.
- Certain grocery stores (here and here)are opening their doors to only seniors at certain times of the day to decrease the chance that you will catch something if you feel that going to the grocery store yourself is still the best option for you.
- If you are an Amazon Prime member, you are entitled to free delivery through Prime Now and Amazon Fresh, which includes access to Whole Foods items. These are subject to minimums and as more and more people are choosing to not leave their houses, wait times can be long so make sure you check the delivery window before ordering items you need right away and check back often as new delivery windows open throughout the day.
- Other grocery stores are also implementing delivery options. The Metropolitan Market is just one example of a store that is taking its business model to a new, safer level during this time.
- NEST volunteers are ready and willing to make a run to the store for our members- all you have to do is call the office at (206) 525-6378 or email your list to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will coordinate the rest.
Staying Safe With Home DeliveryThe good news is that the risk of infection is rather low. While shopping, the biggest dangers are cart or basket handles, contact with other people, and other high-touch surfaces. If you’re having your food or groceries delivered to you, there are only a few things you should do to help mitigate your risk of infection:
- Wash produce with water before using.
- If you find that you need to go to the store yourself, make sure to wash your reusable shopping bags.
- Use contactless delivery when possible and try to tip using a credit card instead of cash.
- Wash your hands after handling delivery bags.
- Try not to place delivery bags directly on your counter and use dishes rather than eating out of the packaging if ordering meals from a restaurant.
- The same goes for mailed packages. The chance of transmission is low and there is no need to disinfect the packaging itself. The WHO and CDC agree that the best course of action is simply to wash your hands after unwrapping the package and placing the wrappings in the garbage or recycling.
City of Seattle
AARP – Seattle
Your connection to local AARP programs and services.
Age-Friendly Seattle will make improvements in eight areas defined by the WHO-The 8 Domains of Livability that influence health and quality of life for older adults.
City of Seattle Human Services
Information on Seattle’s Promoting Healthy Aging initiative.
The Gold Card program provides discounts for senior citizens and adults with disabilities in Seattle. GOLD Cards are available at the NEST Office, free of charge.
Greenwood Senior Center
Senior center serving Northwest Seattle.
Since 1980, the HomeWise program has offered weatherization services to income-eligible households, helping thousands to decrease their energy bills and increase their comfort and safety. Services are provided through federal, state and local utility funding. All weatherization work is contracted and managed by the HomeWise Program and is FREE of charge for eligible households.
Hunger Intervention Program
The Hunger Intervention Program’s Senior Community Meal provides a weekly low-cost, nutritious and delicious meal for seniors 60 and over. It is also an opportunity to build community and to learn new things. Sound Generations provides activities for seniors before and after the lunch including senior fitness programs, art classes, conversation cafés, community presenters, book clubs and more. This meal is open to the community every Monday and Wednesday from 12-1pm at Lake City Community Center (12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125). Suggested donation is $3 for seniors 60 and over and $6 for anyone under 60.
Lake City Seniors
Senior center operated by Sound Generations serving Lake City.
Lifelong Recreation – Seattle Parks and Recreation
Providing Fitness and Social Programs for people 50 and older.
Lifetime Learning Center
Non-profit in North Seattle proving quality cultural, educational, physical, and social activities for older adults with inquisitive minds.
The Neighbor Brigade provides short-term volunteer assistance to individuals of all ages who are experiencing a temporary crisis due to an illness, surgery, accident, or other life event. Some of the services volunteers have provided in the past include meal delivery, dog walks, rides to doctor’s appointments, help with errands, friendly visits, and light household needs.
Located west of I-5, serving seniors in the neighborhoods of Phinney Ridge, Greenwood, Ballard, Broadview, and Bitter Lake.
Seattle Public Library
Your portal to all the events and happenings at your local library.
University Heights Center (UHeights)
UHeights promotes life-long learning, creativity, culture, community activism, and historical preservation.
Wallingford Senior Center
Senior center located in Wallingford.
Westside Neighbors Network
Village serving West Seattle.
Located in Central Seattle, this village serves those living in zip codes 98101, 98102, 98104, 98112, 98122, and 98144.
AgeWise King County
Monthly newsletter covering topics on aging.
Area Agency on Aging for Seattle and King County (Aging and Disability Services)
ADS provides information on the latest research around aging, as well as information on programs and events within King County.
Community Living Connections
A network that helps adults facing aging and disability issues get the information and support they need to make informed decisions. Community Living Connections provides anyone who calls a caring, highly-trained specialist who will give them easy access to information, individual consultation, and service options. Staff can also help you determine if you’re eligible for programs, services, and public benefits.
Eastside Friends of Seniors
A volunteer organization serving individuals age 60 and older in Sammamish and Issaquah.
Eastside Neighbors Network
A virtual village serving residents of Bellevue.
The Hyde Shuttle program provides door-to-door van service for older adults and adults with disabilities throughout many communities in King County. Our friendly, specially-trained drivers transport riders to hot meal programs, medical appointments, senior centers, grocery stores and other local destinations.
Northwest Neighbors Network
Village serving Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds, Woodway, Esperance, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, and Brier.
King County Caregiver Support Network
The King County Caregiver Support Network helps unpaid caregivers of adults age 18 and older. By helping to reduce caregiver stress, the network enables care receivers to remain at home and independent. The King County Caregiver Network comprises service providers who receive funding from the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County to provide community-based support.
King County Seniors Online
Provides helpful links and information about discounts, offers, and happenings for seniors in the Seattle area.
Reduced Regional Fare Permit
Individuals age 65+ can receive reduced fare passes for King County Metro and other public transit agencies in the Puget Sound area.
Sound Generations (formerly Senior Services of King County)
Provides King County seniors with information about wellness, nutrition, home repair, senior center activities, day health centers, and home-sharing and services for caregivers and families.
Alzheimer’s Association – Western and Central Washington State
Find support, and resources for those with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones.
End of Life Washington
Support and information for end-of-life planning.
Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest
Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest is a joint initiative between the Washington State Hospital Association and Washington State Medical Association Foundation for Health Care Improvement. They inspire conversations about the care people want at the end of life. This comprehensive initiative uses a variety of approaches, such as an advance care planning program, community engagement, physician education, advocacy, and a central repository.
Senior Care Coalition
A comprehensive network of senior care providers in Washington State.
Washington Continuing Care Residents Association (WACCRA)
WACCRA is a coalition of Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) residents working to ensure that regulatory and legislative officials at both state and federal levels are aware of the protections needed for CCRC residents. WACCRA also provides a venue for sharing best practices, lessons learned, and comparative services and costs for persons in CCRCs.
Washington Poison Center
The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) provides immediate, free, and expert treatment advice and assistance on the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous, hazardous, or toxic substances. All calls are confidential. (800) 222-1222
Guide for Preventing Elder Abuse, Assault, and Theft
This in-depth guide details types of abuse, how to recognize signs of abuse, tips for loved ones to prevent abuse, and tips for individuals on how to avoid different types of theft.
National Council on Aging – NCOA
Working to improve the health and economy of older adults through programming both educational and enriching.
A tool to help you research side effects and FDA recalls for many medications.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network
Committed to raising Rheumatoid Arthritis awareness by ensuring health resources worldwide have the most accurate, and well-researched arthritis information available.
The Village to Village Network
Connect here with Villages that are sprouting up in communities across the country.