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More support offered to Port Coquitlam seniors during COVID-19 pandemic

Last Updated Mar 24, 2020 at 1:32 pm PDT

Brad West said many seniors are feeling disconnected because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy Brad West, Twitter)
Summary

Many seniors are feeling disconnected because of the novel coronavirus: mayor

Closure of recreation facilities means some city staff can be re-directed to support seniors

Families asked to alert city staff if loved ones need help

PORT COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) –┬áPort Coquitlam wants seniors in the city to know they are not alone and is offering more support services for them, in particular those isolated at home.

Brad West said many seniors are feeling disconnected because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There is anxiety that exists, so proactively calling and emailing our seniors to make sure they have the groceries they need, the medication they require is there, prescriptions are being filled and that they understand there are resources available.”

West said the closure of recreation facilities means some city staff can be re-directed to support seniors and other urgent needs during this crisis when many people are feeling overwhelmed.

“The news is coming so fast and there’s always new developments and can be very hard to keep up, particularly if they’re alone — perhaps far away from family. They’re feeling disconnected. If they need assistance, please don’t hesitate to provide that information to the city, so we can help.”

West is also encouraging anyone with loved ones in Port Coquitlam to reach out to them and alert city staff if they need help.

“They are the highest risk population. Now that most of them are staying in their homes, there can be isolation that develops and we want to make sure that they continue to be very well-connected to supports and resources.”

He said members of Wilson Seniors – the largest and most active group in the city – are being contacted directly to see if they need anything.

To be added to the phone or email distribution list, visit http://portcoquitlam.ca/wilsonseniors, email wilsonseniors@portcoquitlam.ca or phone 604-927-7529.