We want to provide you with an update with regards to COVID-19. Today, Governor Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon.
The state also issued a “stay at home” advisory outlining self-isolation and social distancing protocols. Residents are advised to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel and other unnecessary activities during this two-week time period.
Residents over 70 years of age or with underlying health conditions such as chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma; heart disease with complications; those with compromised immune systems including cancer treatment; as well as diabetes, renal failure or liver disease, who are considered at high risk when exposed to COVID-19, should limit social interactions with other people as much as possible.
Ethos, because of the work we do to support older adults and the disabled, is classified as an “Essential Service” and will remain fully operational through the duration of this crisis unless otherwise directed.
As you take precautions to limit social interactions, we wanted to let you know about some of the programs and services we can provide to assist older adults:
- Home Care – Including Homemakers, Home Health Aides, Grocery Shopping, Medication Delivery, Medical Transportation and more, for those who are eligible and enrolled in the Home Care Program. Visit www.ethocare.org or call 617-292-6211 for more information.
- Home Delivered Meals – Our Meals on Wheels program is fully operational and can provide hot, nutritious meals, to Bostonians, 60 years of age or older. Call 617-477-6606 to find out more or enroll.
- “Grab and Go” Meals – Prepackaged hot and cold meals, available daily at several community locations across Boston . Visit our website www.ethocare.org or call 617-477-6606 for a list of pick up locations or to sign up for grab and go meals
- Informational Mailings and Robocalls – Up-to-date information for the elderly and disabled regarding COVID-19, safety precautions and resources. Click here or visit our website to update your contact information.
- Live Streamed Informational Seminars – Available through Facebook Live, YouTube Live or on our website, www.ethocare.org.
- Mental Health Support – For older adults who may be socially isolated or suffering from depression. Click here or call 617-477-6623 to contact us or to make a referral for mental health support.
As conditions around this crisis evolve, Ethos will continue to work with our city, state and federal partners, to ensure the health and safety of those we serve.
Lastly, over the past several days, Ethos has seen an outpouring of support from the community. Many have asked how they can help us through this time. At the moment, our most critical need is funding from individuals and businesses, which will enable us to manage the increasing costs of providing services and respond to the growing needs of the elderly and disabled, without delay or restriction.
If you have already made a contribution, we thank you for your support. Otherwise, we hope you will consider making a donation that is meaningful to you so that we can continue our work. Click here to make a donation online.
In the meantime, please stay safe, take care of yourselves, loved ones and neighbors and know that Ethos will be here to assist in any way we can.