The heightened threat of Coronavirus among seniors in Omaha is a pretty scary thing. However, there are a number of resources for seniors in Omaha and the surrounding areas that are helping to provide needed services. Below, take a look at our list of resources for seniors in Omaha as we deal with the Coronavirus outbreak.
Seniors Helping Seniors is offering free rides to seniors requiring transportation throughout Omaha and Sarpy County. Call to schedule with 24 hours’ notice: 402-331-3073. Please note that Seniors Helping Seniors cannot serve persons confined to a wheelchair. Call for more information.
ENOA Rural Transportation offers transportation for the elderly, disabled and the general public. The service covers Rural, Douglas, Sarpy, Washington & Cass counties. All vans are handicapped accessible. Minimum 24 hours advance notice is required. Available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost varies 1-10 miles, $3 each way; 11-20miles $6 each way; 21-40 miles, $7 each way. Call 1-888-210-1093 to reserve a ride.
Food For Seniors In Omaha
The Heartland Hope Mission is offering pre-packaged food boxes for those in need. Food is picked up on a drive-thru basis so you will never have to leave your car. The food pantry has two locations:
- South Omaha, 2021 U St.: Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
- Millard, 5321 S. 139th Plaza: second Saturday of the month, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; last Wednesday of the month, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
COVID-19 Testing in Omaha
While testing is still limited, you can receive a test if fall into certain categories. If you have traveled recently or been exposed to someone with the illness, you will be considered a more “high-risk” patient. If you feel symptoms, please contact one of the health providers below. Be sure to call before seeking help anywhere so that the facility may prepare for your arrival.
CHI Health – click on “Take Questionnaire”
Methodist Health System – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline: 402-815-SICK (7425)
Nebraska Medicine – 1-800-922-0000
In addition to the resources above, there are many grocery stores in the Omaha area that are offering special hours for seniors to come in and shop. Target, Whole Foods, Dollar General, Walmart, and Safeway are all designating time in the mornings for seniors to shop, with many other stores following suit. Reach out to these shops directly to confirm the special senior shopping time.
While this may feel like a challenging time, I am confident our community will come together to help one another as we have done in the past. If I can be of service to any seniors in Omaha and the surrounding areas, please don’t be afraid to reach out! At Home Downsizing Solutions, we are committed to helping seniors in Omaha however we can. (855) 291-5005