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22 Jul, 2011 | News

Taking Extra Precautions to Ensure that Our Homebound Elderly Are Safe During the Heat Wave

In response to the current heat emergency, Catholic Charities has stayed connected with the homebound elderly at risk or those who live alone by calling them twice a day to ensure their safety.

These vulnerable elderly usually live alone and have no involved caregiver who can check in on them and respond to an emergency. Case workers will continue to call hundreds of the homebound elderly from our Benson Ridge Senior Services in Brooklyn and our Southwest Queens Senior Services in Queens into the weekend to offer any necessary assistance including transportation to cooling centers, emergency meals, emergency home care, and assistance in getting an air conditioner.

Catholic Charities staff provide tips on staying safe and beating the heat taking into account whether the client has an air conditioner (and uses it), need for oxygen, nebulizer or other life-sustaining electrical equipment, multiple serious medical conditions, especially respiratory and cardiac, mental illness, and any history of self-neglect. We also ask our home delivered meal staff to keep a watchful eye for any signs of heat illness.

Catholic Charities case workers contacted at-risk elderly all day Saturday, July 23rd to ensure that they stay safe. 
Our Senior Centers are vital in creating communities throughout Brooklyn and Queens serving over 8,200 older adults each year.  For many older adults, our senior centers are a home away from home where they not only receive hot meals but participate in various activities that keep them young at heart.  Our senior centers offer recreational and multicultural activities, hot lunches, home delivered meals, entitlement counseling, crucial social services, and the necessary support so that older adults can continue to live in their homes and in their neighborhoods as they age.  Additionally, Catholic Charities distributes 1 million meals to the elderly and homebound each year.