Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health is strongly urging those over the age of 70, or those with compromised immune systems or underlying medical conditions, to stay at home during the COVID-19 crisis.
While our government is working to make it easier for Ontario's seniors to self-isolate and practice physical distancing during this unprecedented time, the risk of social isolation has never been higher. If left unchecked, this can negatively impact both physical and mental health, and increase the risk of serious illness and hospitalization.
Fortunately, there is something we can do to help.
If you are able to donate used tablets, laptops, or smartphones, please let us know below.
My team and I will ensure they're distributed to the seniors who need them most, in our long-term care and assisted living facilities, in the Mississauga Hospital, and in seniors' own homes.
If you are able to provide these items to your own loved ones, you may find this Virtual Visits Toolkit helpful. Thanks to Family Councils Ontario for assembling this great resource.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, or if you need any additional information.
"Our seniors have dedicated their lives to making Ontario the great province it is today. During this very difficult period, we need to take every step possible to protect them and ensure they stay healthy both physically and mentally. I encourage everyone to stay in regular contact with a parent, grand parent or neighbour to make sure they have everything they need."
-Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility