Health staff to call on vulnerable seniors
Health officials will visit vulnerable seniors to ensure they have enough groceries and medication to stay well during the Covid-19 crisis.
The Ministry of Health's Ageing and Disability Services will conduct wellness checks from tomorrow.
Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said: “The wellness checks are our way of making sure that Bermuda's most vulnerable have what they need to stay safe and well during this pandemic.
“Many of them have no or limited next of kin support on which they can rely to ensure they have sufficient supplies of groceries and medications so our ADS officers will be visiting them, assessing their needs and assisting where needed.”
ADS officers will also distribute hand sanitiser and Covid-19 information flyers to seniors and vulnerable people throughout the next two weeks at Bermuda Housing Trust properties — Dr Cann Park, Elizabeth Hills, Ferguson Park, Heydon Park and Purvis Park — as well as the Salvation Army Shelter, supermarkets, banks and other senior residences.
Ms Wilson said: “The ADS team will mobilise on Monday afternoon and begin with Bermuda Housing Trust properties.
“They will then target the supermarkets and banks during their seniors' hours on Tuesday and the remaining will be spread out throughout the week and into the next.
“This will be a phased programme to ensure we reach those who most need our help.”
More than 1,200 personal hand sanitiser bottles will be distributed over the next two weeks with more, larger “pump bottles” on order and scheduled to arrive soon.
Any members of the public who know of a vulnerable senior needing help can call ADS at 292-7802.