Resources for All - Especially Seniors and the Homebound
Pastoral Care Corner
Helen Campbell here. I'm the Pastoral Care Coordinator for St. Joseph Parish. Many of you I know. It's a great pleasure to meet the rest of you.
I'm sitting in front of a window that looks out on overcast skies and a somewhat drizzley day. Like you I'm unable to come and go as I am used to doing. Like you, I'm trying to make sense of what has transpired since the news of a strange new virus we now know as COVID-19. Like you, I'm in prayer to our loving and merciful Creator for its victims and that this scourge will pass by my family and community. I know that my prayers will be answered and pray also that, if the answer is not as I desire, that I'll be given the grace of acceptance.
Those who know me know that I tend to be a Martha rather than a Mary. This currently enforced isolation means that I am unable to visit the homes of our homebound and elderly parishioners, to bring them the love of our parish family and Our Lord present in Holy Communion. I hope that our parish outreach through this website brings the care and support it's meant to convey. If you need to talk, I'm available to listen.
If you are aware of seniors or homebound individuals who should be contacted regularly, particularly at this time of crisis, PLEASE email or call me with their contact information. Thank you so very much for this participation in our ministry and outreach.
I'd like to close with words written by Origen in the 3rd century:
When the Creator of all things created you
He planted in your heart the seeds of love. ..
The Word of God ...sleeps in those who are shaken by storms, but it awakes the moment they cry out...
Blessings, peace and health,
For the most up-to-date and reliable information on COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at CDC.gov/CORONAVIRUS
. The World Health Organization
also has an abundance of information, including clarification of myths
that are inaccurately spreading on the internet. Information on both the CDC and WHO sites are regularly updated.
Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions (such as heart or lung disease or diabetes) may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider
for medical advice.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning. Call your doctor before visiting the office or the Emergency Room.
This virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Take steps to protect yourself:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and other people.
- WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Fr. Manny recommends singing Happy Birthday twice to achieve the 20 second timing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- Launder items (if possible) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
Help with Shopping, Prescriptions, and Transportation
- To make shopping easier for those who can get out, many local stores are offering special hours for seniors and others with special needs. Note: hours may change. Check your store's website or call ahead before making the trip.
|Costco||8:00-9:00 am ||Tuesday & Thursday
|FoodMaxx, Food for Less||6:00-9:00am||Tuesday & Thursday
|Ranch 99||9:00-10:00 am ||Weekdays
|Safeway, Lucky||7:00-9:00 am ||Tuesday & Thursday
|Smart&Final||7:30-8:00 am ||Daily
|Target||8:00-9:00 am ||Wednesday
|Trader Joe's||9:00-10:00 am||Daily (expedited entrance)
|Whole Foods||8:00-9:00 am ||Daily|
- Also see Raley's website for offers including discounted bags of groceries. If you learn of other stores offering special hours, etc., please contact me.
- If you can’t get out, many stores offer home delivery. Check store websites for more information. Also check out Instacart at https://www.instacart.com to sign up fo home delivery from multiple local stores.
- Contact your pharmacy to arrange for home delivery of your prescriptions. Many pharmacies are offering free Rx delivery, including Walgreens, CVS, and Haller’s Pharmacy.
- Contact the Fremont Senior Helpline for questions about senior services, resources, and supply needs for vulnerable persons. 510-574-2041
- Shopping Angels — A grass-roots group of volunteers who will shop for you. Send an email with your need to shoppingangelsCA@gmail.com. Alternatively, fill out this simple online form and you will be contacted.
- The Fremont Senior Helpline is available for questions about senior services, resources and supply needs for vulnerable persons. 510-574-2041
- The Fremont ElderCare Services provide Meals on Wheels and transportation services. Visit their website at: https://lifeeldercare.org.
- The Fremont Ride-On Tri-City Program provides transportation services for the elderly and disabled. Please call (510) 574-2053. Staff will be available by phone to connect community members with essential transportation services (e.g., to and from dialysis clinics, medical appointments, etc.) and help address transportation concerns and questions.
- St. Vincent de Paul, FREMONT - During this difficult time, St. Vincent de Paul of St. Joseph Church in Fremont continues to provide non-perishable food and pastries to people who need help, on TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS between 1:00 PM till 2:00 PM.