According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults and people with weakened immune systems or serious medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, are at higher risk of becoming very sick from this illness.
The CDC recommends the following:
- Stock up on supplies including groceries and medicine as needed
- Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others (at least six-feet away from others)
- Stay away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often
- Wear facial coverings in spaces where social distancing is an issue
- Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people
- Avoid non-essential air travel
- Stay home as much as possible during the COVID-19 outbreak
COVID-19 Age Friendly Resources
Miami-Dade County, the United Way, AARP Florida and a number of non-profits have put together a coronavirus resource guide for older adults. Topics covered include getting meals and food support, assistance with paying for electricity, support for Medicare, Medicaid and insurance questions, and resources for caregivers.
Meals for Seniors
Miami-Dade 311 will no longer provide free meals for seniors starting Wednesday, July 15th, but there are other options:
- If you are a senior, the Restaurant Connection will send prepared meals to your doorstep. First-come, first-served. To request service, call 305-340-0244. Spanish speakers should call (toll-free) 321-482-2661. For more information, visit https://therestaurantconnection.org/.
- Seniors can apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Miami-Dade County Public Libraries have SNAP applications available for residents. They can also apply online at http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/ or by calling 866-762-2237 (TTY 1-800-955-8771).
- Drive-thru food distribution events are scheduled throughout Miami-Dade County. Read more information.
At-Home Coronavirus Testing for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities
Miami-Dade County is offering at-home coronavirus testing for seniors and adults with disabilities (18 and older). The tests are free to those exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms and are being administered by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units in partnership with Jackson Health System. To make an appointment, call 305-499-8767.
Emergency & Evacuation Assistance Program (EEAP)
Should you need specialized transportation assistance, safe shelter, medical monitoring or wellness checks, the Miami-Dade County offers an Emergency & Evacuation Assistance Program (EEAP). The program is for senior residents who may need additional assistance during emergency situations. Click here to register.
Sign Up for Email Notifications and CodeRed Alerts
Stay informed and receive updates! Please sign up for email notifications on the Town website at https://www.townofsurfsidefl.gov/news-and-events/subscribe and CodeRed alerts via the instructions found here.
Cybersecurity Guide for Seniors
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impose isolation and social distancing, the community is faced with a whole new set of cybersecurity challenges. While striving to stay connected to friends and families online, many hackers are using this tough time to their advantage. Read the Cybersecurity Guide for Seniors.
Surfside Police Department
You can always count on our Surfside Police Department to help you. To contact the Police Department, call 305.861.4862.
Casa Church Ministry Offering Assistance to Elderly
A group of volunteers with the Casa Church ministry in Surfside are offering the following free services to our elderly community and disabled residents:
- Run shopping errands for groceries (money for groceries provided by resident)
- Pick up medicine and drop off at the resident’s home (money for prescriptions provided by resident)
- Become a drop off/collection center for anyone who wants to donate non-perishable food for families in need
- Drop off a bag of non-perishable food for a family in need in Surfside
To obtain any of the services above, residents of Surfside can call/text (305) 864-9283 (Ext 3) or email Help@Casachurch.Miami
Jewish Community Services of South Florida (JCS)
JCS continues to serve the community during Coronavirus outbreaks. JCS remains open, providing food, counseling, crisis response and information, and referral services. For assistance, please call 2-1-1 or 305.576.6550.