Local Resources for Seniors in our Community during the COVID-19 Crisis

Published: April 29, 2020

As the pandemic continues on, please remember the staff at Raynor & D’Andrea are here for you, here for the community, in any way we can help. We have compiled a list of resources that will help guide you to local assistance if you need it.

Medical

As most doctor’s offices aren’t seeing patients in person for routine visits, or non-life threatening issues, check with your provider before going to the office. Many medical professionals have gotten on board with tele-health options, so that you can video chat with them from the comfort and safety of your home. Contact your primary health care provider to learn more information as to what their specific process is, or, if you don’t have a Primary Care Physician, please visit https://myhealthlongisland.com/.

Long Island Community Hospital

At Long Island Community Hospital, they are screening patients at all entry-points for COVID-19 symptoms, to ensure the safety of the facility. For more information on their safety efforts, contact a patient care representative at 631-687-4655.

Southside Hospital

Southside Hospital is also enacting safety precautions to mitigate patient risk. On their website, https://southside.northwell.edu/, they have more information listed, as well as frequently updating their ER wait time. The hospital also provides a very beneficial ‘Senior Navigator’ to help Seniors navigate hospital services, as well as learn about COVID-19 related changes. For more information on this wonderful service, please call 888-243-6272.

Food

Stop and Shop has instituted special shopping hours for those 60+ or with compromised immune systems. It will reserve 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. every day for these customers. They have also ramped up sanitation practices, social distancing measures, and lessened the amount of people allowed in the store at one time.

IGA is also enacting senior-only hours, depending on the location, call ahead of time to confirm. Fresh Food Supermarket, located in Oakdale’s Lighthouse Common Shopping Center, is offering free hot lunches for seniors, limited to one per person, per day.

Restaurants can no longer offer sit-down meals, but many are offering curbside pick-up or delivery. Check in with your favorite local restaurant to see what services they are providing during this time.

For further assistance, local food banks are assisting the senior population during this crisis, with no judgement, no questions asked.

If you need help, you can reach out to The Greater Sayville Food Bank at (631) 244-8375, they currently offer pick-ups by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. If you are unable to get out to get food, meals can be delivered to you. Please contact 631-595-3510 for more information.

Recreation

With senior centers closed, as well as other venues for recreation, it may be hard to find things to do to keep your mind and body active. Sayville Library has been hosting live events, featuring anything from yoga, or author discussions, that you can access from your computer in the safety and comfort of your own home. For more information, visit their website at https://www.sayvillelibrary.org/, or e-mail connect@sayvillelibrary.org. Through their website, and using a library card, you can also download and access digital ebooks and audiobooks, and find new ways to learn things.

The Farm on Lakeland in Sayville is providing delivery and curbside pickup of vegetable and herb plants, if you want to get out and get gardening! They can be reached at (516) 695-5443.

YMCA is offering virtual fitness classes for seniors, a great way to get some physical fitness on a rainy day! Visit https://ymca360.org/on-demand#/category/14 to watch their fun videos.

Hammer and Stain Long Island in Sayville is offering curbside pickup of premade kits that you can put together and paint at home. Visit https://www.hammerandstainli.com/collections/hammer-at-home-retail for more information and get crafty!

Get outside and get some fresh air- whether it’s in your own backyard, or one of our beautiful beaches, there is still ample opportunity to get out and have fun! Just remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing measures to keep you and others safe.

We’re here to help.

We are all going through this time of uncertainty together. Here at Raynor & D’Andrea, we stand by our community, and want to help you in any way we can. If you need to reach out to us, please call! Contact our West Sayville location at 1-631-589-2345 and our Bayport location can be reached at 1-631-472-0122.

 
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