Seniors and people with pre-existing health conditions are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. It’s important to stay home and shelter in place, to reduce their risk.
The City and our community partners have many resources to support older adults and people with disabilities meet essential needs while sheltering in place. These include home care, transportation, social connection, and many other supports.
Get help at home
The Department of Disability and Aging Services (DAS) has a variety of resources available to all older people and adults with disabilities who need help at home with things like:
- Getting dressed
- Preparing meals
- Picking up groceries
These resources range from home care to volunteer support.
If you have a home care provider, the San Francisco Department of Public Health has guidance on Protecting Home Care Providers and Clients from COVID-19.
Meal delivery for seniors
You can get 3 free restaurant meals a day if you’re an older adult who needs help getting food.
Check your eligibility for Great Plates Delivered SF by calling DAS at 415-355-6700.
The Essential Trip Card program provides increased affordable and accessible transportation options for people with disabilities and older adults.
SF Paratransit provides a variety of additional accessible transit options to help seniors and people with disabilities get around the City safely.
For the latest information on Muni service, see SFMTA’s COVID19 Developments and Response page.
Stay connected and active
It’s important to stay home to reduce your chances of getting sick. But you can stay connected to your community and participate in activities from home.
- Participate in virtual activities run by community organizations
- Read a book, listen to music or see virtual exhibits at the SF library and Digital Public Library of America
- Tour 500 of the world’s best museums
- Check out the Smithsonian’s nearly 4 million images and 3-D models
- Watch documentaries from around the world, free!
During this time, it’s easy to feel lonely or overwhelmed. Reach out to a family member or friend to connect. See guidance about safer social interactions during the pandemic.
Seniors can also call the Friendship Line at 415-750-4111 for a friendly ear and warm conversation any time day or night.
Reach out for other needs and resources
The Department of Department of Disability and Aging Services can help you get food, medication and mail delivery, pet support, and what you need to stay home safely. We have a variety of resources available for people of all income levels.
Help out your neighbors
Be an emergency volunteer if you want to help seniors or adults with disabilities.