Coastal Seniors is concerned about what a significant outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Mendonoma area could mean for the vulnerable seniors we serve. We are closely monitoring information and resources being shared by the experts in disease control and are putting prevention and response plans into place. We follow health officials' recommended steps to protect against coronavirus similarly to how we prevent the spread of other illnesses. Staff and volunteers are trained appropriately.
We know the critical importance of preparation in times like this and understand the delicate balance between panic and preparedness. While we do not anticipate a disruption in our essential services including lunch, Meals on Wheels, transportation, outreach and food bank distribution, we are making modifications as follows:
if clients are unable to attend lunch due to fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, we are prepared to package lunches for pick-up or delivery for those without a ride.
For the next two weeks we are providing rides to Santa Rosa for medical appointments only. Local rides and trips to Ukiah and Ft. Bragg are not changing.
We are asking those with fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing to not come to the food bank distribution in Point Arena this Tuesday, 3/10. We will make arrangements for those who call and need food.
We have also made the difficult decision to cancel our March for Meals 5K fundraising walk that was to take place on Saturday, Match 14th. This event was to be part of our month long celebration to raise awareness and support to fight hunger and isolation in our community. Many of the walk’s participants come from out of town and we are erring on the side of caution. If you were planning to attend the walk and you would like to donate the registration fee we will make arrangements to get a walk t-shirt to you.
Our senior and disabled clients and the volunteers that serve them remain our utmost concern and it is our hope healthcare professionals will find a way to end this epidemic.
For more information regarding our services, please call Coastal Seniors at (707) 882-2137.
Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In.
At Coastal Seniors, we are concerned about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the emotional well-being of our community’s seniors. Isolation can lead to depression and other health issues so let’s take care of our community by checking in with each other.
What if each of us selected 5 people to check-in with on a regular basis?
We all know people who are feeling especially isolated during the stay at home order, regardless of their ages; seniors living alone, single parents, disabled adults, and caregivers who are dedicating their time to others in need. If you know someone who may need help, or may just want someone to talk to on the phone or connect with online, download and print the card below and share with others by (safely) knocking on doors and leaving behind. Simply fill out your information and give to 5 people you know who are living alone. Commit to communicate with them regularly to make sure all is well.
We live in a diverse geographical area and there is not a “one-size-fits all” solution. Be creative and think of other ideas that may work better for you and your neighbors. Create a phone tree, like a group in The Sea Ranch is doing, or implement a well-being signal that alerts others to a neighbor in need. A great example, as seen on Facebook recently, is providing red, yellow and green paper and asking neighbors to hang the color inside their window that represents current status (green OK, yellow needs assistance, red not OK and needs help). Or how about hanging a bandana or scarf on the front doorknob if help is needed? The are many possibilities!
We live in a great community so let’s stay home, save lives,check-in!
Click on the image below to download and print in English
Click on the image below to download and print in Spanish
California For All Resource Card
The resource card includes information on how to get caregiving support, how to stay safe at home, and how to find important resources through the California Aging and Adults Information line. There are also contacts to report fraud, abuse, or neglect and more.