Responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
The Milwaukee County Department on Aging is committed to the safety and needs of older adults. We are taking the current situation with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) very seriously and working closely with public officials, public administrators and community partners to ensure that all older adults in Milwaukee County get the help that they need.
July 14 – To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Department on Aging employees continue to telework from home. The Department on Aging remains fully staffed at this time. Procedures have been modified to allow staff to work safely and complete their duties through phones and computers. Find out more about COVID-19 and the county’s ongoing response.
In this time of transition, we have been inspired by the hard work of our staff, contracted agencies and community partners to fill in the gaps and find new and creative ways to continue services to older adults.
The Department on Aging has modified our Senior Dining Program to provide curbside meals at many of our Senior Dining locations.
The five county-owned senior centers are currently closed due to safety concerns. They are however offering a rich lineup of virtual programming through Serving Older Adults of Southeast Wisconsin. Click here for a complete update on the County’s plan to re-open the five county-owned senior centers and the reasoning behind these decisions.
Able Access Transportation is helping to deliver carry-out meals to older adults.
Eras Senior Network is focusing their volunteer services on delivering groceries and providing rides to essential healthcare appointments.
SeniorLaw is expanding its ability to handle unemployment insurance cases during this time in addition to their regular legal and benefits assistance.
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin has continued delivering Meals on Wheels to homebound older adults without interruption and is monitoring the needs of participants.
Thousands of wellness calls are being made to older adults by Serving Older Adults of Southeast Wisconsin, Milwaukee Christian Center, United Community Center, Eras Senior Network, LGBT Community Center, Jewish Family Services and Department on Aging staff.
Able Access Transportation and volunteers from Eras Senior Network are helping to distribute shelf-stable meals for older adults with emergency food needs.
Jewish Family Services is providing a Friendly Caller Program for older adults who may be socially isolated due to COVID-19.
Aging Resource Center staff have modified their procedures to continue doing client “visits” and Long Term Care Functional Screenings remotely.
The Department on Aging is coordinating COVID-19 transportation to medical appointments for any adult in Milwaukee County who has tested positive for COVID-19, exhibited COVID-19 symptoms, or was directly exposed to COVID-19.
The Commission on Aging has transitioned to virtual meetings during this time. For complete details on meeting dates and how to attend online, visit CLIC.
How You Can Help
Eras Senior Network needs volunteers to help with: delivering groceries, wellness calls, providing rides to essential healthcare appointments, and outdoor yard projects. To learn more visit their website.
Aging in the News
CBS 58 (4/29/20) Milwaukee County Executive-Elect David Crowley Distributes Meals to Seniors
Milwaukee PBS (4/14/20) Milwaukee's Helpers Senior Meal Program
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service (3/31/20) How to Help Senior Citizens During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (3/25/20) Resources for Senior Citizens Remain a Top Priority During Coronavirus
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service (3/17/20) COVID-19 What You Need to Know About Bus, Airport, Services for Seniors