Charity Spotlight: Catholic Social Services

Globally, the pandemic has magnified feelings of loneliness and isolation especially for senior citizens. As one of the more susceptible demographics to the novel coronavirus, many seniors have been quarantined in nursing homes and not permitted to see loved ones.

While social distancing protects seniors from catching COVID-19, it has led to an increase in depression and other mental health challenges. This extraordinary isolation threatens seniors’ health and well-being on physical, mental, and emotional levels. It’s having a dramatic impact on their overall quality of life, and its dangerous effects should not be underestimated.

Seeking to combat this rise in mental illness among seniors, Catholic Social Services is partnering with senior living facilities and parishes across the country to help keep seniors engaged.

Utilizing the latest and most efficient COVID safety protocols, they have helped arrange both in-person and virtual family visits and medicine deliveries, while simultaneously providing conversation and encouragement to seniors. 

Additionally, a partnership was started between local high school seniors and senior care facilities, giving students opportunities to teach residents technology skills. This partnership has been crucial as communities are becoming increasingly reliant on platforms like Facebook and Zoom to help individuals stay connected. It’s seniors helping seniors!

Most recently, as the U.S. government is ramping up its COVID vaccine rollouts, CSS is partnering to ensure seniors know where they can obtain their vaccines, schedule appointments, and follow up with them to make sure they receive both doses of the vaccine. 

Additionally when possible, CSS still organizes Bingo nights, mall outings, and family visits.

There is hope. At CSS, seniors know they are not forgotten. They are not abandoned; and they are not alone.

Source: Catholic Charities USA