Check-in program open for seniors
(May 6) As the City of San Diego continues to take steps toward a safe reopening of parts of the community and economy, Mayor Kevin Faulconer outlined resources for seniors, who continue to be one of the groups most vulnerable to contracting COVID-19. Faulconer highlighted in-home caregivers, represented by Domestic Workers Local 3930, and encouraged seniors to sign up for the City’s free Social Calls program.
“Seniors remain one of the groups most vulnerable to COVID-19, and resources are available to help,” Mayor Faulconer said. “Home caregivers and our free social calls program are lifelines to seniors in need. Older San Diegans who can’t risk exposure but need help shopping for food, or are just looking for conversation, can rest easy knowing that people are here to help.”
In-home care workers are among those on the front lines of this crisis, protecting some of the most vulnerable populations from being exposed to the coronavirus. Caregivers are a lifeline for many San Diegans, providing groceries and picking up prescriptions for people who cannot leave their home.
For many older adults, a compassionate voice in their lives can make a big difference in a time of crisis. The City of San Diego’s Social Calls program offers comfort and conversation to those most in need during the pandemic. The City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department staff calls people who sign up Mondays through Fridays between the hours of 8 and 10 a.m. just to check-in, offer assistance or just say “hello.” The program is free of charge.