During these times of uncertainty, it is important now, more than ever, that we come together as a Y movement to remain connected and foster a sense of community. While facing this unprecedented circumstance and knowing that our older adult population is more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus, we want you to know that we are doing everything we can to help make this group feel connected, heard, comforted, and loved.
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MultiCare: Free e-Visits
MultiCare Health System is offering free e-visits for anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, coughing, or shortness of breath). Visit multicare.org/virtualcare and enter the discount code COVID19 to waive the regular $25 fee.
CHI Franciscan: Free Virtual Urgent Care Visits
To be assessed from the comfort of your home by one of our providers for mild Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms such as cough, low-grade fever or mild respiratory problems, visit franciscanvirtualcare.org and enter the discount code COVID19 to waive the typical $35 fee.
MultiCare: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center
What is COVID-19? What do I do if I have symptoms? What is MultiCare doing to address COVID-19 in our region? Our COVID-19 resource center answers those questions and more.
Food and Grocery
Food to Have On hand
Preparing for a possible coronavirus quarantine comes down to this: smartly stocking your fridge, freezer, and pantry to keep everyone at home fed and well in the event you need to spend a few weeks inside your doors.
Meet healthy eating goals one at a time with the Start Simple with MyPlate App
Find resources and tools for nutrition, food, and health at The National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging
Resource guide for how to shop and meal plan during COVID-19
The Hub in Gig Harbor is promoting a buy one, get one pizza. For every pizza you purchase, The Hub will give one to local hospitals and urgent care facilities.
Special Shopping Hours for the At-Risk
To complicate matters, widespread panic-buying after the pandemic was declared created initial shortages of such items as eggs, meat, toilet paper, paper towels, and cold and flu medication at retail stores. Many stores have established special schedules to accommodate vulnerable populations. Please contact stores before heading out to shop to verify hours.
Albertsons: Special shopping hours are scheduled 7-9am every Tuesday and Thursday. (Companies include Acme, Albertsons, Albertsons Market, Amigos United, Andronico’s Community Markets, Haggen, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Market Street, Pavilions, Randalls, Safeway, Shaw’s, Star Market, Tom Thumb, United Supermarkets, and Vons)
Costco: Costco announced that they will open their doors to members 60 years and older every Tuesday and Thursday from 8-9am beginning on March 24.
Fred Meyer (Kroger): Kroger announced it would be adjusting its hours to “give senior citizens, expectant mothers, and first responders the opportunity to shop without the rush.” The first shopping hour from 7-8am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays is dedicated to senior shoppers, expectant mothers, first responders, and those with compromised immune systems. The Kroger Co. operates not just Kroger, but a number of other big-name grocery stores, and has 2,757 stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia. The Kroger Co. operates City Market, Copps, Dillons, Fry’s Food Stores, Food 4 Less, Foods Co, Fred Meyer, Gerbes, Harris Teeter, Jay-C Food Stores, King Soopers, Mariano’s, Metro Market, Owen’s Market, Pay-Less Super Markets, Pick ‘N Save, QFC, Ralphs, Ruler Foods, and Smith’s Food and Drug.
Target: Each Wednesday, the first shopping hour will be available only for the “most vulnerable guests, including those over 65 years’ old, pregnant women or those defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as vulnerable or at-risk.”
Whole Foods Market: Whole Foods Market began special hours for seniors on Wednesday, March 18. “All Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. and Canada will service customers who are 60 and older one hour before opening to the general public, under the new adjusted hours posted on the store’s web page.” Individual stores may or may not extend this to at-risk customers, as well as pregnant women. Please call to confirm.
Food Delivery Options
Restaurant to home (please call restaurants first to confirm to-go options):
Social Services Offering Meal Delivery:
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Activity and Exercise
The National Institute on Aging provides recommendations for physical activity that can help you stay healthy as you get older, how to fit exercise into your daily life safely, and get motivated to get moving!
How to Live Well with Parkinson’s...Even When You’re Locked Down. The Parkinson’s community has shown up in a big way during this global health pandemic. From moving events online to offering virtual exercise classes and support group meetings, we’ve reached a point where it’s possible for you to keep up your regular live well routine all from the comfort of your own home.
The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has developed a list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by the Coronavirus. The list will be added to as more resources become available.
If you are sick, quarantined, immunocompromised, or elderly and would like food or other supplies dropped off on your porch, please use this form and the TMAC will get back to you as soon as possible. Their approximate budget is $50 per family, if you would like to pay for additional items, let them know.
Tacoma Public Utilities is offering due date extensions of 12 weeks!! Plus credits if needed.
Puget Sound Energy is not cutting off power or assessing late fees during this time.
Comcast is offering free internet to those in need. On the heels of offering new, low-income Internet Essentials customers two months of free internet and raising the speed of that program’s service to 25/3 Mbps, Comcast announced additional steps to help ensure people stay connected to the Internet as more schools suspend classes and companies encourage employees to work from home due to the Coronavirus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tips for mental health and coping with stress. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Help Your Family De-Stress During Coronavirus Uncertainty. With so much uncertainty over the last couple weeks, lots of families are feeling stressed out. Events are being canceled, spring break plans are being put on hold, hand sanitizer is in short supply. During this difficult time, we hope you'll find time to take care of yourself with a few of these ideas for how to enact self-care for the whole family.
Pandemic Panic? These Five Tips Can Help You Regain Your Calm. Anxiety thrives on uncertainty. And, as the coronavirus spreads, our unanswered questions can make us feel vulnerable or fearful.
Nine Ways to Stay Positive During the Coronavirus Pandemic. When the news is all doom and gloom - as it has been since the outbreak of the coronavirus - it’s hard for even the most optimistic among us to stay positive. Here are nine things you can do to focus on the positive so that you have the energy and resolve needed to weather this storm.
Relaxation Techniques for Stress Relief. To effectively combat stress, you need to activate your body’s natural relaxation response. Techniques such as deep breathing, visualization, meditation, and yoga can help.
Spiritual and Emotional Support
In these uncharted waters of change and uncertainty, we have each other, we have hope, and we have faith as our foundation. We are here for you! Find Spiritual and Emotional Support resources on our website below.
Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources or call (253) 798-4600
Kitsap County Aging and Disability Resources or call (360) 337-5700
Dial 211 for Essential Community Services. 211 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline that provides callers with information about and referrals to social services for every day needs and in times of crisis.
The National Council on Aging offers resources for older adults, caregivers, and advocates to stay healthy, secure, and independent even during trying times like these.
Washington State Coronavirus Response. Stay up to date on current news on the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington. Information includes what to do if you feel ill, current government response, and how to protect you and your family.
The State of Washington site has helpful information and resources specifically for adults 60 and over.
Kitsap Public Health District has put together valuable resources and steps everyone should take to protect their health and the health of those around them.
MultiCare created a page to share facts and information pertaining to questions and concerns about COVID-19.
Sunshine Behavioral Health has put together a list of telehealth and online mental health resources to help you continue receiving treatment during the outbreak.