Questions about Stimulus Checks?
Seniors with questions about their Stimulus Checks can contact Customer Service at the Mass Dept of Revenue by calling 617-887-6367.
Governor’s Reopening Plan – https://www.mass.gov/doc/reopening-massachusetts-may-18-2020/download
MA DPH Community Day Program Specific Guidance – for Adult Day Health, Day Habilitation, Clubhouses, Councils on Aging, etc
Governor Baker requires masks be worn in public and at any time social distancing is difficult. See the video for more information. https://www.mass.gov/news/wear-a-mask-in-public
Emergency regulations and required forms to implement the temporary moratorium on evictions are now available at the EOHED website: https://www.mass.gov/lists/moratorium-on-evictions-and-foreclosures-forms-and-other-resources
Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Mass.gov home page
Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Guidance and Recommendations – health-related guidance for various audiences.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Fact Sheet – from how it spreads to how you test for it
Nursing Home Information
Massachusetts Nursing Home Family Resource Line: 617-660-5399
Open Every Day – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services is launching a Nursing Home Family Resource Line – a dedicated phone line to connect family members of nursing home and rest home residents with the information and resources they need. This new phone line provides one central contact for families and community members who have questions about the nursing home or rest home care their loved one is receiving during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Nursing Home Family Resource Line is staffed from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, seven days a week. Staff will field questions on a range of topics and coordinate across state agencies to help provide answers.
These are unprecedented times and, understandably, families and community members have questions. We remain committed to providing relevant and timely information, and the Nursing Home Family Resource Line is another important resource.
Considerations for moving a loved one home from a Nursing Facility, Rest Home or Assisted Living Residence – Family One Pager Final- April 9th 2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention home page
CDC Guidelines for Reopening America (embargoed) https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6889330-Guidance-for-Opening-Up-America-Again-Framework.html
Contact Tracing Video: The MA COVID Team is Calling
Staying Connected at Home During COVID-19 https://www.n4a.org/content.asp?admin=Y&contentid=1075
UPDATED: Coronavirus: What Older Adults Need to Know, (Spanish version) – National Councils on Aging Personal information and protection tips
Video – National Institute on Aging regarding COVID-19 and how older adults should deal with the virus
Handwashing Flyer – black and white letter-size format, available in nine different languages
Financial Protections for Older Adults
Many Older adults may incur significant expenses related to sheltering in place or taking other measures to protect their health. Older adults with fixed or limited incomes, and those with few resources, may face foreclosure, eviction, and other financial challenges in the near and long term. The National Center on Law & Elder Rights developed a tip sheet for older adults focused on various tools implemented recently to help protect them from financial harm during the COVID-19 crisis.
An official message from Medicare:
Unfortunately, scam artists are using the coronavirus pandemic to try to steal your Medicare Number and other personal data, but you can protect yourself. If you get a call or email offering COVID-19 items like a test kit or a mask and they ask for your Medicare number, hang up or delete the email! Guard your card.
Learn more about scams and how to report suspected Medicare fraud at medicare.gov/fraud
Coronavirus Scams: What the FTC is doing – a list of current scams and how to avoid them
For Senior Centers
This report is a compilation of the eight Innovative Practices discussion sessions held at the MCOA Fall Conference. These peer led sessions were designed to discuss the top issues and challenges facing senior center professionals during the pandemic. Topics included program and meal delivery, connecting to community resources, utilization of volunteers, preventing loneliness, bridging the digital divide, marketing your efforts, and exploring your programming plans for the winter.
Resources Addressing Social Isolation:
Intergenerational Companionship During the Pandemic – The Concordium is a Harvard-based social impact venture that matches Harvard undergrads with elders from Massachusetts, based on shared interests, who engage in friendly and interesting conversations via phone once a week. Due to COVID-19, students and elders alike are feeling especially isolated and can benefit from additional social support.
Download the UMass Gerontology Institute Report, and read through the Initiative and ideas in; It’s the Little Things: A Community Resource for Strengthening Social Connections
“How To” Instructions for MyActiveCenter– for COA’s who use ‘MySeniorCenter’, and are who are starting to use credit cards, you can edit this document which provides participants with specific instructions on how they can register for programs online, easily, quickly and securely, as well as instructions for how to pay for fee based programs.
Wellness Checklist – Created for new and seasoned staff, our Wellness Check is available for you to use as is, or modify as needed. This two-page tool lists five categories of questions ensuring homebound or quarantining older adults are keeping well and have the resources they need.
NCOA has put together a Toolkit, Senior Centers Connect, for centers that are temporarily closed due to the pandemic, but are still providing services remotely. The toolkit is compilation of programs, webinars and resources that have been shared by aging service professionals over the past few weeks for you to use, and they intend to update it as more resources become available.
MySeniorCenter.net has captured creative ways to maintain that feeling of connection in a socially distanced environment, you can check out their ideas here: http://www.myseniorcenter.com/funfacts/March192020.html
COVID-19 Resources for Senior Centers – National Councils on Aging recommendations
Duxbury Guidelines for Volunteer Shoppers: GUIDELINES FOR GROCERY OR PHARMACY SHOPPING; FINANCIAL TRANSACTION RELEASE FORM CONSUMER; FINANCIAL TRANSACTION RELEASE FORM STAFF MEMBER OR VOLUNTEER
Assisting People With Vision Loss During The Pandemic – Town of Brookline Releases Instructional Video Guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eddk-5SBv8&feature=youtu.be
Coronavirus Prevention – OSHA-based information
MMA Updates – Coronavirus news and resources for local government leaders
Department of Correction MassCor- Hand Sanitizer Surplus Selling Prices – Contact Steve Cristol, firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 & Extra Emergency SNAP Benefits: What You Need to Know (April 1, 2020) – Spanish
Mental Health Resources/Trainings
Call2Talk is a mental health, emotional support, and suicide prevention program run by Mass211. It operates 24/7 and provides confidential, compassionate listening to assist people – including those who may be despondent or considering suicide – during stressful times: https://mass211.org/call2talk/
The Massachusetts Network of Care created this searchable behavioral health directory, of over 5,000 programs and organizations across the Commonwealth, searchable by keyword and zip code. If you are looking for an individual therapist or psychiatrist, please contact one of the many helplines in Massachusetts that can connect you to care. Let Network of Care Massachusetts help you take the first step in locating mental health, substance use, and related social services in your community to support good health and recovery.
Dementia Friendly Program Resources
New Support Groups from the Alzheimer’s Association – The Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH has started Early Stage Engagement Programs for people living with dementia. You can click here to learn more and sign up. In addition, they have started COVID Caring Conversations for caregivers and persons living with dementia. The Caregiver conversations will take place weekly. Click here to learn more about this program. These are GREAT posts for your COA’s Facebook page.
Cafe Connect – virtual Memory Cafes
The Alzheimer’s Association is still operational and continuing to help families each day living with dementia. Their 24/7 Helpline is available at 1-800-272-3900 to anyone who needs to talk about the challenges of dementia during this time, and they can help address feelings of isolation, and link you to important resources that can help though this uncertain time. In addition they are now offering all their Educational Programs and Support Groups virtually, learn more at: https://www.alzmassnh.org/virtual-programs/ . In the coming weeks they’ll be launching virtual ALZ Meetups to offer persons living with early stage dementia social engagement with peers.