COVID-19 Resources for Seniors and Caregivers

Jeremy schroeder

jeremy.schroeder@minneapolismn.gov

(612) 673-2211

Hello, Ward 11 --

Seniors are among the groups most affected by and at risk of impacts from COVID-19. The City remains committed to helping older residents navigate resources that may be especially helpful during this challenging time, recognizing that additional support is needed to help all our neighbors stay safe and healthy. My office has been working hard to compile the latest and best information to support our older neighbors and their caregivers during this difficult time, and I hope that this newsletter is a helpful start. Please share this information with anyone you know, across Minneapolis, who may be able to use it.

Many of the organizations highlighted here offer a wide variety of services beyond the category they are listed under. Please contact the organization directly or visit their website for the latest information. In addition, I encourage you to consider volunteering for and/or donating to the organizations listed if you are able to support efforts to get necessary items to our most vulnerable neighbors.

This list of resources will also be posted soon on the City's COVID-19 website, which includes additional information and guidance related to COVID-19. The website is updated frequently as we get new information from the state and other partners, so it's good to regularly check in and see what's new. To make additions to this list, email Christina Kendrick in the City’s Neighborhood and Community Relations Department at christina.kendrick@minneapolismn.gov


Online and Phone Assistance


Special Shopping Hours

Special shopping hours are times set aside by businesses so those most vulnerable to COVID-19 can shop with less risk of infection from others. These groups generally includes seniors, those with compromised immune systems, first responders and others.

  • Lunds & Byerlys 
    • 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. every day reserved for vulnerable shoppers only
  • Target
    • First hour of shopping every Wednesday for vulnerable shoppers only
  • Whole Foods Market 
    • Customers aged 60 and older can shop one hour before the store opens to the general public (check store hours, the 60+ shopping hour takes place one hour before the opening time posted)
  • Kowalski’s Market 
    • 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. every day reserved for vulnerable shoppers only
  • Cub Foods 
    • 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. every day reserved for vulnerable shoppers only
  • Seward Community Co-op 
    • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. every day reserved for vulnerable shoppers only 
  • Wedge Community Co-op 
    • 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. every day reserved for vulnerable shoppers only 
  • Walgreens 
    • 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. every Tuesday reserved for shoppers aged 55 and older, their families, and caregivers only 
  • Various Restaurants
    • Check out this resource to see restaurants offering curbside takeout or delivery service

Outreach Services for Isolated Seniors

  • Nokomis Healthy Seniors 
    • Grocery delivery and phone visits for isolated seniors in the Bancroft, Bryant, Corcoran, Diamond Lake, Ericsson, Field, Hale, Keewaydin, Minnehaha, Morris Park, Northrup, Page, Regina, Standish, and Wenonah neighborhoods
    • For assistance, call 612-729-5499 and leave a message 
  • Senior Community Services
    • Available to call program participants in Hennepin County to check in on everyone who receives regular services and to offer assistance with running errands and/or grocery shopping (in the Minneapolis area)
    • For assistance, call 952-746-4046
  • Meals on Wheels
    • Meal delivery service for elderly neighbors in the Twin Cities
    • For assistance, call 612-623-3363 
  • Help at Your Door
  • Metro Mobility 
    • Metro Mobility riders can now order groceries and goods online from local stores and have Metro Mobility pick them up and deliver for free
    • Find more information here 
  • Institute on Aging Friendship Line 
    • Operates a 24-hour, toll-free crisis line for adults age 60 and over and those with disabilities
    • Available to make outreach calls to lonely adults
    • For assistance, call 1-800-971-0016
  • Southeast Seniors
    • Phone visits for isolated seniors in the Southeast Como, Marcy Holmes, Prospect Park, Nicollet Island/East Bank neighborhoods
    • May be able to provide additional support as needed
    • For assistance, call (612) 331-2302 and leave a message or email info@seseniors.org 
  • Longfellow Seward Healthy Seniors 
    • Grocery delivery and outreach to isolated seniors via phone, email, or handwritten notes for seniors in the Longfellow, Seward, Hiawatha, Howe, and Cooper neighborhoods
    • Limited transportation assistance to medical appointments only
    • For assistance, call 612-729-5799 and leave a message or email info@lshealthyseniors.org

Caregiver Support


Medicare and Medical Support


General COVID-19 Info for Seniors

These resources are useful ones to review and check back on as we learn more about COVID-19 and its impacts both nationwide and within our community.

Finally, here are phone numbers that may be useful:

  • The Minnesota Department of Health is a hotline for health questions related to COVID-19, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at 1-800-657-3903
  • If you believe you’ve been the victim of a COVID-19 scam, contact Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office at 651-296-3353

Wash your hands, and stay safe!

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please call 311 at 612-673-3000. 

People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

 

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