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MAINTAINING HEALTH WHILE HOMEBOUND Stay Connected With These Helpful Resources Due to the growing concerns about COVID-19, getting the resources you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle is more challenging. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) request for social distancing makes it harder to get food and maintain social norms. So, to help maintain your well-being in these uncertain times, here are a few resources that will make getting food and keeping tabs on your family a breeze.
Utilizing social media is a great way to keep in contact with your loved ones. Facebook is very popular with older people — 1 out of 3 older adults already uses the platform because it’s easy to use. Facebook and other social media platforms can help you stay connected with friends, family, and groups of people with similar interests to avoid feeling so isolated at home. You can also continue to share photos and videos so you don’t miss a day in your loved ones’ lives. Video chat apps like Skype, Zoom, and Apple FaceTime enable you to have those essential face-to-face conversations when you can’t be with other people. If you’re unfamiliar with the applications, they are easy to download for free on your phone or computer, and they allow you to see and verbally chat if you have a webcam and microphone. (If you use a phone or laptop, this equipment is already built-in.) A video chat app also lets you be a part of important life moments like birthdays and anniversaries if a shelter-in-place order prevents you from celebrating in person. Ensure you’re up to date on the best ways to keep you and your family safe during these uncertain times by visiting CDC.gov for more information.
Because COVID-19 is easily transmitted, getting food at a grocery store is riskier. If you don’t prefer mobile apps like Postmates or Instacart, local food kitchens, municipalities, and senior centers may offer food delivery. Using a delivery service limits the number of people you interact with to the delivery person. For an added measure of safety, put a note on delivery instructions requesting they leave the bags at the door. If you have trusted family or friends nearby, reach out to them. They can pick up what you need when they’re already getting groceries, which is especially convenient if you don’t want to deal with mobile apps. Regardless of your method, you should become familiar with getting food delivered because you don’t know how long the situation will last.
MEDICARE ADVANTAGE CORNER
• Some Advantage plans have Telehealth/Teladoc service (does not replace the primary care physician). Video and audio capability via computer or smartphone is required. Members may talk with a physician, who upon visual observation may be able to prescribe a short-term medication or other remedy. • Some plans have an over-the-counter product mail order service. The member has a monthly allowance to use with these items shipped at no cost.
• Some plans have a no-cost transportation benefit for scheduled medical appointments.
The current shelter-at-home directives from government agencies add value to the Medicare Advantage plans that have additional benefits.
Due to Medicare marketing guidelines, we are not able to list company-specific benefits in this format. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding the benefits of your plan.
• All Medicare Advantage plans have 24-hour nurse hotlines,
which members may use to call and consult with a registered nurse about current health concerns.
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