Covid-19 Help and Resources Available
Staff has been working inside our locked door since the pandemic began. We have used the time to familiarize ourselves with programs and resources to help our residents who have been impacted by Covid-19. Due to the generosity of the greater community, we have created a special Covid-19 Crisis Relief Fund. This fund will target one-time assistance to those residents who do not qualify for other needs-based programs and whose lives have been significantly and negatively changed by Covid-19. Call to find out more or to apply confidentially.
The CDC is strongly encouraging flu vaccines this year!: We are offering flu shots, by appointment only, for residents and Town employees on Tuesday, October 20 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Most insurances will be accepted. The cost for residents without coverage is $25, or $55 for the High Dose. Call SCA for a time slot, pre-registration information and location details.
Bereavement Support Group Starting Mid-October
The group will meet via Go-To Meeting from 5 – 6:30 p.m. on Monday nights for 6 weeks. Call for information.
Are You in Need of a Little Holiday Cheer?
Apply for the SCA’s Holiday Basket Program: The SCA is coordinating the Thanksgiving and Holiday Basket Program for Suffield residents. There will be lots of changes this year due to safety concerns around Covid-19.
Residents wishing to receive help for the holidays are encouraged to call SCA to see if they qualify at 860-668-1986.
The Memory Café
Meeting on October 20 at 11 a.m. – Virtually! Are you, or a loved one, experiencing early to moderate memory loss?
Everyone is welcome to participate in the Memory Café for fun, information, resources, and the sharing of ideas.
Call Pat Beeman at 860-668-1986 for access information.
Dementia Caregiver Virtual Support Group
The group meets the last Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. The next meeting is October 26. The group is led by a trained Alzheimer’s Association facilitator, Nicole Matson of Home Helpers of Central CT. Call Nicole for instructions on how to join. Nicole’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-810-6123 Residents can call 860-668-1986 for more information.
Some Ongoing Programs and Updates:
SCA Seeks Residents for Priority Emergency Response List
We are currently updating our list of residents in the community who would benefit from a check-up call during a town or state-wide emergency. Residents who use oxygen or need electricity for medical equipment are strongly encouraged to call. Names, addresses, medical information and family contact information will be included for confidential use in the event of an emergency as declared by the First Selectman. If you or someone you know would like to be included on this list, please contact SCA.
Confused about your Medicare options?
Perhaps you’re turning 65 soon… Medicare is complicated! Have questions? Want to see if you can save some money? Trained volunteers are available to provide unbiased telephone assistance. Call SCA to schedule a phone appointment.
Stay Warm This Winter!
We are taking applications for the CT Energy Assistance Program. These government programs help offset the winter heating costs for financially eligible households. Please contact SCA to apply. More information on eligibility is available at www.ct.gov/staywarm.
SCA Food Pantry
Well Stocked to Help with Your Food & Personal Care Needs: If you are struggling to afford food or personal care items, SCA can help. Thanks to the generosity of the Suffield community, our shelves are well stocked. Call for confidential and discreet help. Curbside pick-up appointments are scheduled.
Are Meals-on-Wheels an Option for You?
Qualified homebound Suffield seniors, and those fearful of leaving their home during Covid-19, and who are at least age 60, can receive healthy lunches and dinners delivered to their door. Meals are diet specific. A $2.50 donation per meal is suggested by CRT to help cover costs. New safety precautions have been implemented to eliminate any need for direct person-to-person contact.