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Three initiatives have been announced to support Californians over 65 years young who are isolated at home during the stay at home order. California is launching a meal delivery program, a partnership to make wellness check-in calls, and the expansion of Friendship Line California. These actions will support the approximately 1.2 million Californians over the age of 65 who live alone.
Restaurants Deliver: Home Meals for Seniors
This first-in-the-nation program will ensure vulnerable older Californians have consistent access to nutritious meals while staying safe at home. The Restaurants Deliver: Home Meals for Seniors program will enlist community restaurants to prepare meals that will be delivered to older Californians who are isolating at home during California’s stay at home order. The program will also support local restaurant workers and owners who have lost business during the pandemic. The program will be administered by local authorities and will serve older Californians who are ineligible for other nutrition programs. Details for using it can be fund here: https://covid19.ca.gov/restaurants-deliver-home-meals-for-seniors/
Social Bridging Project
The Social Bridging Project will mobilize more than 1,000 callers to proactively reach out to older Californians who are isolating at home. The project will combat social isolation through direct, one-on-one communication with older Californians, many living alone and isolated. Listos California is partnering with the California Department of Aging, United Airlines, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), and Sacramento State University to make calls to older Californians. Callers will check on the individual’s well-being, connect them to resources, and connect with them on a personal level.
Friendship Line California: 1-888-670-1360
California is expanding Friendship Line California to support lonely and isolated older Californians across the state. Friendship Line California is toll-free and available to provide emotional support to older Californians facing loneliness, isolation and anxiety. The California Department of Aging is partnering with the Institute on Aging to support this effort.
For more info, or to use these services see: https://covid19.ca.gov/restaurants-deliver-home-meals-for-seniors/ and https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/04/24/governor-newsom-announces-initiatives-to-support-older-californians-during-covid-19-pandemic/.