Coronavirus (COVID - 19) Updates and Support
On Wednesday, March 11th, Governor Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency for Arizona. While all of us are concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 virus, we know that it is more dangerous to older adults and those with immune deficiencies which comprises the majority of those we serve.
The demand for our services is greater than ever. We need your help. Please give today to help Arizona seniors!
Due to an increased demand for our services, we expect our expenses to increase by approximately 25% of our current daily operational budget. And because we had to postpone our only annual fundraiser, we are in dire need of financial assistance to help those who need us the most at this unprecedented time!
Your monetary donations will help Arizona Seniors in three major areas:
Nutritious Meals for Seniors
- Raw materials to prepare more meals
- Additional staff to accommodate the changes from plated meals to packaged meals.
- Supplies to package meals
- Additional staff to deliver meals
- Gas for the deliveries
Assistance for Isolated Seniors
- Phone Calls to regularly check on seniors to ensure they are okay and have what they need
- Groceries and household items for residents of FSL affordable housing communities around the state, and homebound clients of FSL’s home healthcare programs
Support and Supplies for In-Home Medical Staff
- Medical equipment
- Medical supplies
- Emergency transportation
- Coordination of care services
Please consider a donation to FSL today to support us in helping Arizona’s seniors combat coronavirus (COVID-19).
Wickenburg Senior Center is closed – The congregate lunch program has been modified to allow seniors to drive up to the Wickenburg Senior Center between 11:30 and noon to pick up a meal. Home-delivered meals are continuing without interruption. Additionally, Freedom Express, which typically provides free transportation for seniors around the Town of Wickenburg, is delivering essential travel needs only. Seniors in need of meals or transportation should call FSL staff at the Wickenburg Community Action Program (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.): 928-684-7894.
Peoria Community / Senior Center is closed – The congregate lunch program is not being provided at this time. Home-delivered meals are continuing without interruption. The City of Peoria is supplying drivers to help FSL deliver meals within city limits. Seniors in need of meals should call FSL staff at the Northwest Valley Community Action Program (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.): 623-979-3911
Adult Day Health Services centers will be temporarily closed as of April 1, 2020.
Home Health and Home Care continue to provide services throughout Maricopa County.
Residential Behavioral Health Facilities are not allowing visitors and have canceled outings until further notice.
Care by Design has funding available through the FSL Utility and Appliance Assistance Program to provide financial assistance for APS bills, appliance replacement, and HVAC repair/replacement. There is no guarantee of financial assistance but our staff will work with you to determine your eligibility. Please call 602-285-0505 x106; you may have to leave a message but all calls are returned in the order they are received.
Additionally, the team is asking for pantry items (list below) which they will be putting into bags and delivering to homebound, isolated seniors who cannot get out to the stores. Here is the process:
If someone is interested in donating items, call the receptionist at 602-285-1800 to arrange a time. Donors will leave items outside a side door to Care by Design (no contact with staff required) at the 1201 E Thomas building. CBD staff will collect the items for the pantry. As bags are requested, CBD will arrange a delivery time with the senior in need. Items will be left on the senior’s doorstep (no ringing of the doorbell) and will call the senior to let them know the items are on the doorstep ready for pick-up.
Food Pantry Basics
Cooking Oils (Olive and Canola)
Instant Mashed Potatoes
Pasta (Plain, Macaroni and Cheese, Hamburger Helper)