Because of the new coronavirus and social distancing guidelines, millions of seniors across the country, and thousands here in Delaware are alone in their homes and are at increased risk of social isolation and loneliness.
Even under normal circumstances, many older adults experience loneliness and depression. But with the cancellation of events and disruption of everyday activities due to COVID-19, the senior population can feel even more isolated. This disruption may lead to further downstream effects.
There is help in the form of a group of organizations that bound themselves together since the outbreak, and they are helping the community to stay healthy and whole.
The Cape Community Coordination for COVID-19 is a coalition of civic and community organizations in the area served by the Cape Henlopen School District in Sussex County. The group is coordinating this local response to the COVID-19 virus related calls to action. Their members include city officials, chambers of commerce, faith communities, educators, healthcare providers, public libraries, nonprofits, senior living and home care companies and more.
Right now there are many calls-to-action within the group to help medical teams, businesses, children and all those who are vulnerable. Cape Community Coordination for COVID-19’s latest call-to-action is to try to help seniors. The group wants to reach out to seniors who are alone and might be frightened, feeling overwhelmed while far from loved ones.
Seniors Helping Seniors is working alongside a group of volunteers from Cape Community Coordination for COVID-19 who are standing by to reach out to any senior in any Delaware county who just needs to hear a friendly voice or any senior who needs a helpful, compassionate daily check-in phone call.
To sign up for a daily phone call to check in on a senior, call 302-858-7330.
Seniors Helping Seniors In-home Services is a business founded to help provide seniors with the ability to choose to live an independent lifestyle in their own homes, as long as possible, with the dignity and respect they deserve. For more information, go to www.seniorcarerehoboth.com and www.CCC4COVID.org.