The Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County is making it easier for residents ages 55 and older to remain home during the coronavirus outbreak. The CDC has stated seniors or people with pre-existing conditions are more at risk if they contract the coronavirus.
SCHC staff and select volunteers will partner with Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County to bring meals to deliver meals to seniors in Hamilton County as well as other essential supplies.SCHC Executive Director Lauren Guynn said there are no requirements to qualify for the meals.
“We are doing deliveries and drop-offs at the door of any food, grocery store pick-up, pharmacy pick-up, meals and just about anything else a senior might need because we are urging them not to leave home unless they absolutely have to,” Guynn said.
Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County has increased its capacity of meals to accommodate for the seniors who may request assistance. The meals are supplied by Riverview Health and St. Vincent hospitals, and as of press time, the hospitals have not capped the number of seniors able to receive aid.
Guynn explained although SCHC is not a medical facility, it is partnering with paramedicine programs throughout the county to offer telephonic or in-person support if a senior is experiencing medical problems for which they would otherwise leave home to seek help. However, if seniors are experiencing coronavirus symptoms such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath, they are instructed to contact the Indiana State Dept. of Health.
“Especially for the at-risk population, this is a scary time, so we are here to help how we can,” Guynn said.
A 24/7 hotline has been established for seniors inquiring about the SCHC assistance. The number is 317-674-8777 ext. 5.