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Hello All,
We know everyone has been on alert due to the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, and while it’s important to remember not to panic, it is smart to be informed and prepared.

Some of our seniors may not realize what’s going on, or the impact it may have on them since they are more susceptible as an older adult. Our staff and volunteers are prepared, remaining alert and vigilant and were working hard in the community to spread the word on senior care. No matter what the circumstance, Ombudsman Services is always here to fight, advocate, and support our elders.

Thank you for your help in caring for your community members. Together we are helping ensure our seniors thrive!

Read on below for more news, stories, and updates on the impact of Coronavirus in our community.

Nicole Howell
Executive Director

In The News

NBC Bay Area News Alert: Nursing Homes and the Coronavirus Outbreak. On Friday, March 13th, the federal government took a stricter stance indicating it plans to ban all nursing home visits across the country. These are people the Center for Disease Control says are the most vulnerable to serious illness from COVID-19. As our Executive Director discussed in this interview, facilities are taking the outbreak seriously, but we agree this is a hardship for families, staff, and residents. Facilities should work with residents to find creative ways to maintain connections with the outside community via Skype, zoom, facetime, phone, etc. Click here to watch this interview for more information.

NBC Bay Area Investigative Report: As we all know, our seniors and elderly are most at risk for contracting COVID-19 and many are isolated in long-term care facilities throughout the state. While stricter visitation policies are in place there still things residents and families can do to maintain connection and ensure a loved one is receiving the care they need. Here’s what you need to know.

Elder Justice

We have been busy at Empowered Aging, working with the community to raise awareness and educate on signs of elder abuse, namely through our Elder Justice League training. It’s inspiring to see the community engagement, and we’re thrilled to have so many get involved.

Thank you to all those who participated in last month’s training, including our wonderful speakers Jenalee Dawson from the Napa/Solano Area Agency on Aging and Contra Costa Senior Legal Services attorney, Eliza Dugan, who shared insights on fighting fraud and financial abuse.

Are you looking to make a difference in our community by fighting for the rights of others? Join our Elder Justice League! Click here for more information on how to get started.