From Staff Reports
Tennesseans love to volunteer. And older adults who are isolated at home by the coronavirus pandemic could really use the help. The Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability is asking healthy Tennesseans to consider volunteering to help seniors across the state.
During this time when COVID-19 is rapidly spreading, it is essential to ensure the safety and health of our state’s older population. Access to food is now one of the most critical needs for this population who are at the highest risk of developing serious medical complications if they contract this virus.
Tennessee is seeing more and more older adults at home with limited options for healthy eating. And for them social distancing often means extreme isolation.
The agency knows that churches, civic groups, unions, businesses and Tennesseans from around the state are looking for ways to volunteer. Please consider volunteering with one of the local Area Agencies on Aging and Disability (AAAD) if you are:
- Not in a high-risk category
- Have not been knowingly exposed to the virus
- Not under any type of medically directed quarantine
- Not showing signs of illness.
If you can volunteer to help this vulnerable population, please consider signing at https://www.tn.gov/aging/learn-about/volunteer-opportunities.html.
The agency is working on increasing its volunteer base to help support local communities as needs arise. In some areas, volunteers may not have a placement right away. However, it is anticipated that more volunteers will be needed in the coming week.
Volunteer opportunities may include the following:
- Delivering meals, food boxes or household supplies to homebound or at-risk older adults.
- Telephone Reassurance – Phone calls made from home to check on an older adult and make sure their basic needs are being met.
- Other volunteer assistance as needed.