Hello everyone, I wanted to create a resource for our community to turn to when in need during this difficult time. Below I have listed community resources for the elderly and most at risk in Boise and Idaho Falls. I will keep this updated daily as the state continues to take appropriate measures to flatten the curve and stop the spread. If you are needing a service that you do not see listed below, please reach out to our team. We are taking an “all hands on deck” approach to help serve the elderly in our community. If you know an elderly member that is in need of grocery or supplies delivery, please reach out to our team members or fill out a request on our contact us page!
In national news: Medicare said Tuesday it will immediately expand coverage for telemedicine nationwide to help seniors with health problems stay home to avoid the coronavirus.
For example, a patient with diabetes wouldn’t have to postpone a regular follow-up visit with the doctor to keep safe — he or she could do it via Skype. And people concerned they may have the virus could “see” their doctor or nurse practitioner virtually to find out how to get tested in person. It helps us prevent the spread of the virus,” said Medicare administrator Seema Verma.
Metro Meals on Wheels will continue to deliver meals to seniors who cannot leave their homes and are offering a curbside service at the Dick Eardley Boise Service Center to seniors who rely on affordable lunch options that are normally offered at the senior center. Seniors can pick up lunch between 11:30am-1:00 pm on weekdays. If you are looking to help with this service, Metro Meals on Wheels is always accepting donations and volunteers.
If a senior you love is feeling unwell, St. Luke’s in Meridian is now offering drive-up testing for Covid-19.
The Treasure Valley Food Pantry created a new drive-thru system to stay open during the outbreak. Much of their volunteer staff are seniors. If you are looking for a place to volunteer your time, St. Vincent de Paul of Southwest is looking for more volunteers to help out during this time.
Albertsons is designating at-risk shopping hours for senior citizens and others at-risk. These hours are Tuesday and Thursday between 7:00-9:00 am.
The Boise Co-op has introduced an exclusive shopping hour for our 60+ community, 7 days a ween from 8:00 am-9:00 am
Idaho Falls, Idaho
The Idaho Falls Soup Kitchen is also offering lunches as to-go meals. They also expressed concern with their volunteers who are among the “at-risk” population and keeping them safe. If you are available, this would be a great place to volunteer to help serve the elderly community.
The Idaho Community Foundation, United Way of Idaho announced a COVID-19 response fund. The fund will provide donated money to organizations across the state.
Please also keep in mind that we can also order groceries for our elderly loved ones through Instacart or dinner through DoorDash!
We’re all in this together. Stay safe and think of our elderly in every choice you make during this time.