This will be updated as we learn more about what is available to those in our community.
LA County Department of Health: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
League of California Cities: https://www.cacities.org/Policy-Advocacy/Hot-Issues/Coronavirus-Resources-for-Cities
- According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs “The COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has the potential to increase stress and anxiety, both because of the fear of catching the virus and because of uncertainty about how the outbreak will affect us socially and economically. There are steps you can take to manage stress and improve your wellbeing.”
Drive-Thru Safety Concerns: https://www.facebook.com/464420633925787/posts/1061366114231233/?d=n
Businesses Open in Lancaster:
Lunch Program for Seniors:
You must be currently registered in the LA County Lunch Program to participate.
Drive through boxed lunches available at the following sites:
- Cal/Fresh (SNAP): https://www.getcalfresh.org/?source=dssfood
- Food Banks: Food Pantry Guide
- Legacy Commons- Center closed until further notice: (661) 267-5904, www.cityofpalmdale.org – Boxed lunches available at 11:00 am
- Antelope Valley Senior Center- Center closed until further notice: (661) 726-4400 – Boxed lunches available between 11am-1pm
- Rosamond Senior Center is closed and no lunch program is available.
- Grace Resources and Grace Chapel are providing a “Project Door Drop” to priority-high risk patients (65+) To sign up and receive assistance please visit www.projectdoordrop.com
Or go to www.WDACS.lacounty.gov
- City of Lancaster
- Antelope Valley Partners for Health (AVPH)
- Feed the Need (62+) (Also accepting donations): 661-942- 4719
- Partners for Health (through Santa Clarita senior center): 661-644-7141
Lunch Program for Kids:
For school breakfast/lunch information and locations go to:
First Responder Emergency Childcare:
Store hours to accommodate vulnerable guests:
Seniors (65+), disabled, and pregnant women
- Albertsons/Vons: Tuesday/ Thursdays 7-9am “senior shopping”
- Costco: Tuesday/Thursdays 8-9am. 60+
- Dollar General: First hour of operations to be dedicated for senior customers (55+) hours vary
- Stater Brothers: 7:45am
- Target: 8-9am , Wednesday only
- Trader Joe’s: 9-10am daily
- Vallarta: 7-8am
- Walgreens: Tuesdays 8-9am 55+
- Walmart: 6 am to 7 am every Tuesday, Mar. 24 through Apr. 28.
Curbside Service: order online and curbside pick-up
Most stores are closing early to disinfect-please check websites for updates:
Guidance For Seniors
DMV Extension for Drivers 70+
The DMV is providing an extention to Californians age 70 and older with a driver license that expires from March 1 to May 31, 2020. This action ensures this vulnerable group can avoid a DMV office visit during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF AGING
Under the umbrella of the California Health and Human Services Agency, the California Department of Aging (CDA) administers programs that serve older adults, adults with disabilities, family caregivers, and residents in long-term care facilities throughout the State. These programs are funded through the federal Older Americans Act, the Older Californians Act, and through the Medi-Cal program. www.aging.ca.gov
MEDICARE COVERAGE & COSTS
Medicare rules have been revised extensively to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. Seniors can find answers to questions about Medicare costs and coverage for coronavirus testing and treatment, after care, co-pays and deductibles on the Medicare & Coronavirus webpage The webpage also explains the waivers and exemptions now available and provides links to other sources of information seniors may need.
TREATMENT, WAIVERS OF WAITING PERIODS & PRE-APPROVAL
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has waived numerous waiting periods, treatment restrictions, and prior authorization requirementsto help hospitals manage increased numbers of patients requiring emergency or extensive healthcare due to COVID-19. These waivers include the requirement for a 3-day inpatient hospital stay before Medicare will cover treatment in a skilled nursing facility. Prior authorization and penalties for using out-of-network or out-of-state providers have been waived as well. More details are provided
Medicare has temporarily expanded its coverage of telehealth services to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Medicare enrollees can access remote care using a wider range of communication tools, such as smartphones, and a wider range of providers, including doctors, nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers. Medicare will also permit seniors to obtain medications from Medicare and Medicare Advantage medication programs using mail-order delivery, other delivery methods, out-of-network pharmacies, or pharmacies closer to their homes. Seniors are also permitted to stock up on medications under the recently enacted waivers.
MEDICARE AFTER LOSS OF INSURANCE FROM EMPLOYMENT
Working seniors who have been laid off or let go because of stay-at-home orders and the resulting business shutdowns may be very worried because they have lost employer-sponsored health insurance. However, losing employer-based medical insurance is considered a life-changing event that opens enrollment to Medicare or Medicare Advantage at any time.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR RETIREES AND LOW-INCOME SENIORS
The huge volatility in the stock market and uncertainty in real estate valuations have created serious financial concerns for some seniors living on pensions or investments or who have relied on equity in their homes during prior economic downturns. Congressional relief bills have waived penalties applied to early withdrawals from Roth IRAs and other tax-deferred savings for temporary withdrawalsthat are repaid after the emergency declaration is terminated.
COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR SENIORS
Some seniors may now need assistance with rent, utilities, food, and medication costs but not know where to find temporary relief. Seniors can find regional or local nonprofit organizations, government agencies, food pantries, utilities assistance, unemployment benefits and more by visiting 211.org More local assistance can be found at the California Coronavirus Response.
FUNERALS AND RELIGIOUS RIGHTS AFTER COVID-19 DEATH
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) provides information about avoiding potential contamination from a person who has died after contracting the COVID-19 virus. CDC guidelines state there is no evidence suggesting people are at increased risk if they attend funeral services for someone with COVID-19. However, the guidelines strongly recommend seniors and others with compromised immunity avoid physical contact with the body, including kissing the body or touching hands, cheeks, or other surfaces where the virus may linger. If cultural or religious rites require washing or shrouding the body, individuals involved in those rites should use personal protective equipment to avoid contamination.
AARP & Tax filing help
AARP Live Q&A Event: The Coronavirus: https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2020/tele-town-hall-coronavirus.html
AARP endorses H&R Block: https://www.hrblock.com/offers/turbotax-price-comparison/?otppartnerid=9319&prodid=d&campaignid=ba_mcm_9319_0002
File taxes for free: https://www.myfreetaxes.com/
If you are looking for employment contact:
- CVS Health
- Dollar General
- Food 4 Less
- Papa Johns
For more information visit www.cityoflancasterca.org/Coronavirus
AV Hispanic Chamber: https://www.avhispanicchamber.org/covid-19-resources.html
Spectrum: Is offering free access to broadband WiFi for new K-12 and college students households that that their network currently passes for the next 60 days to help students learn remotely. They are also opening their WiFi hotspots across their footprint for public use.
Visit Medicare.gov/fraud for more information on protecting yourself from fraud and reporting suspected fraud.