BACOA will continue to deliver Meals with Wheels and has added a variety of programs that will be conducted via video conference, including support groups, Memory Cafe and educational and recreational programming.
In addition, we have launched a free grocery shopping service for older adults who are unable to shop or who are concerned about exposing themselves to the coronavirus in public places.
For a list of resources to help you stay informed about COVID-19—as well as suggestions on staying engaged while you’re staying at home—click here.
BACOA is committed to the health and safety of our clients, our volunteers, our staff, and the community. Those most at risk for serious illness from COVID-19 include those we serve – older adults as well as people with serious chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease. Our staff has been briefed on CDC recommendations and procedures for preventing the spread of the virus and is following those recommendations.
Here’s what you can do:
If you haven’t already, learn more about the virus and prevention measures from the Centers for Disease Control. These include:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a mask or face cover when around others
- Avoid close contact when outside the home; put at least six feet of distance between you and those who do not live in your home
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you’ve been in a public place, before eating, after blowing your nose or coughing, or going to the bathroom
- If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe
Keep yourself informed through reputable sources.
- The CDC has extensive information both on the virus itself and precautions that you can take, and updates information as it becomes available.
- Advocate Aurora Health has a page of resources, including CDC updates and a COVID-19 symptom checker.
- You can sign up for a coronavirus update enewsletter from the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center.
- Be careful about passing along rumors or misinformation about coronavirus. You can check on some of them on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s coronavirus rumor control page or at snopes.com.
If you are at higher risk or you are caring for someone who is:
- Contact your health care provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand to avoid unnecessary trips. If you cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order.
- Monitor food and other medical supplies (oxygen, incontinence, dialysis, wound care) needed and create a backup plan.
- Stock up on nonperishable food items to have on hand in your home to minimize trips to stores.
- If you care for a loved one living in a care facility, monitor the situation, ask about the health of the other residents frequently, and know the protocol if there is an outbreak.
How can you help?
- Check on your older neighbors, who may be unable to grocery shop.
- Both Barrington Township and Cuba Township are accepting donations for their food pantries.
Barrington Township: If you wish to drop off food, call the township office at 847-381-5632, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – noon. Also very helpful: Donations of gift cards, checks, or gift certificates for local restaurants, as well as gas station gift cards. These donations can be dropped off in person by calling the office between 9 a.m. and noon, Monday-Friday, or sent to the township at 602 S. Hough St., Barrington, IL 60010. The township does not have the capacity to accept credit card donations.
Cuba Township has a dropoff cart outside its offices at 28000 Cuba Road, Barrington. Donations are accepted between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Nonperishable items are welcome, especially adult diapers (L/XL), cleaning supplies, cereal, and rice. Grocery gift cards are also welcome, as are monetary donations. For more information, call (847) 381-1924.