Information on Older Adults, Caregivers, and Nursing Homes
Older Adults and Persons who have serious chronic medical conditions are at an increased risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness
- Older adults (60 years old and older)
- People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- Chronic Kidney disease
If you are at a higher risk of severe disease from COVID-19 (age 60 years or older or with an underlying medical condition) it is extra important for you to take action to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.
- Avoid crowds as much as possible
- Prepare for a potential local outbreak of COVID-19 in our community. This includes stocking up on supplies, food, and prescription medications.
- When in public, keep away from those who are sick and limit close contact
- Wash your hands often especially after being around public areas and high-touch surfaces in public places (elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with others, etc.)
- Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel
All Senior Centers will suspend programs beginning March 16th, 2020
These centers will be kept open as food distribution centers and access HUBs. If there are factors that prevent participants from picking up a meal, meals can be delivered as an option by calling the Maryland Access Point at 410-396-CARE (2273), for eligibility into the home-delivered meal program. Information about senior center locations can also be found by calling the Maryland Access Point number.
What to do if you think you have the coronavirus?
Given the ongoing community spread of COVID-19, individuals should continuously self-monitor for symptoms such as fever and cough or difficulty breathing. Older adults and people of any age with certain serious underlying medical conditions like lung disease, heart disease, or diabetes are at a higher risk for developing more severe complications from COVID-19 illness. Therefore, they should notify their primary care physician early on and monitor their symptoms.
If you do not have a health care provider, please click here for a list of clinics in Baltimore City.
The Maryland Department of Health has recently put out new guidance for Maryland Nursing Homes. If you are an administrator of a Baltimore City nursing home, or if you have a loved one at a nursing home, please read the documents below for changes in visitation and testing procedures, as well as new regulations.
- Older Adults and COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions
- Senior Call Checklist
- Senior Housing Guidance: Updated 3/27/2020
- COVID-19 Older Adult Food Resources
- COVID-19 In-Depth: Older Adult Grocery Shopping Guidance
- Older Adult Emergency Checklist
- Family and Friend Guide for Older Adult Shopping Guidance
- Neighborhood Volunteer Guidance for Older Adult Shopping
- Food Pantry and Food Distribution Guidance
- Strategies to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF)
- COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for Older Adult Populations- MDH Guidance March 9 2020