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60+? Tips for Dealing with the Current Situation

60+? Tips for Dealing with the Current Situation

Elderly citizens are at a higher risk of increased morbidity and complications from the coronavirus. Due to this the Ministry of Health recommends that these populations reduce contact as much as possible at this time, all the whilst maintaining a regular routine.
In addition, places in which there are long-term residents – nursing homes and sheltered housing – in this time are not allowed to accept any guests, except for workers employed on the premises and foreign workers residing in the place in which the occupants they are caring for live. Meetings between tenants and family members are possible only at the family member's home provided that no one is staying in quarantine.

Day centers and clubs for senior citizens have been closed over this period out of concern for the public. However, they will continue to provide meals to the homes of the senior citizens and maintain daily contact with them.  For more information, please contact your local authority or the center staff. In addition, the Ministry of Social Affairs will send 70,000 food packages to the homes of the elderly in need to assist them during the Corona crisis to prevent them from leaving their homes.
Tools to deal with the situation:
The current situation is likely to evoke natural feelings of loneliness and anxiety. In order to deal with these feelings, in the best way possible, we have gathered several steps that can help you:
1. Create a daily routine that includes a wake-up time and a regular routine. This can help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.
2. Grocery and pharmaceutical shopping can be done online or through the phone delivery services or alternatively through family members, acquaintances or neighbors that can leave the shopping outside your door. Food and pharmacy industries are continuing to operate and no shortage is expected.
3. It's important to keep in touch with family members through regular calls and video calls at least once a day. For example, a daily conversation can be conducted between grandparents and grandchildren where grandparents will tell grandchildren a story.
4. Exercise and positive thinking, breathing and relaxation exercises can help with coping.
5. Your extended stay at home may be an opportunity to clear the table of all the tasks you always reject, in a way that will both pass the time and provide a sense of satisfaction. For example, instead of sitting all day in front of the screen, you can clean the cabinets, tidy up the paperwork, throw away what is no longer used, learn to make jams or finish the book you don't get.
6. While watching TV, you should consume news, such as the main edition only several times throughout the day.
7. For the rest of the time, try to focus on lighter content, such as nature shows or humorous content.
 

Those receiving nursing care:
Due to the situation, nursing care for patients has been eased:
· Applications for a foreign worker may be applied for even if the foreign worker has not been employed for a period exceeding 90 days.
· Extension of the temporary employment period – a patient who temporarily employs a replacement employee staying in Israel for 52-63 months, instead of a permanent employee who has not been able to return due to the situation, can continue to employ the replacement worker until the return of the permanent employee or until the end of the 63 months. Provided that a message of the extension is sent through the Private Bureau.
· Increasing employment opportunities for foreign workers whose period of stay is between 52-63 months – nursing patients who hold a permit for a worker but don’t have a worker and are in need of one, are permitted to employ a temporary worker, even those who are in Israel between 52-63 months of a foreign worker.
·  Recipients of nursing benefits who are in quarantine or living with a person in quarantine as a result of the Coronavirus may receive these benefits in the form of money instead of care, if there is no caregiver available to care for them in the quarantine period. In order to exercise this right you must contact the National Insurance Institute and request to convert the hours of care into money with the reasons stated in the eligibility conditions.
The online application form for employers questions regarding the employment of foreign or Palestinian workers is on the Population and Immigration Authority website.
Help and Support Centers
· Call Center 118 - The Information and Assistance Center of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Social Services, available for questions and inquiries regarding the provision of welfare services to senior citizens and their families in general, and to deal with the Corona virus in particular.
·  Center for Senior Citizens in the Office of Social Equality - 8840 *.
·  Hot line for senior citizens in Tel Aviv - at 106 hotline.
· Counseling for the elderly and Family Social Security - 9696 *.
· Natal - Corona dedicated stress and anxiety line - 073-2363380.
· Yad Sarah - distribution of medical equipment to homes for a fee of NIS 60 - 02-6444639.
· One Heart Association - Shopping and Drug Assistance - 02-6762044


This month there is no need to go to the post office – The post office will come to you

The National Insurance Institute and the Ministry of Social Equality will grant tens of thousands of senior citizens that receive an allowance at the post office, to receive a rechargeable Mastercard in order to recharge the allowance remotely.
This month National Insurance allowances will be passed on to tens of thousands of senior citizens, account holders at the Postal Bank, using a rechargeable MasterCard that will be sent to their homes. This will allow senior citizens, some of whom are at-risk population and are currently unable to leave their homes, to receive the allowance.

The card distribution will begin today and will continue in the coming days.
The allowance distribution will be made this month, starting Sunday, March 29th.
On that day, post offices will be staffed- and will remain open till 18:00. Allowances can also be obtained in the subsequent days.

The chargeable card that will be distributed to the senior citizens through the Postal Bank is a “prepaid card” from MasterCard. The card will be sent to the private homes or nursing homes of the recipients, in a secured envelope via a list-based postal courier.

At the same time customers will receive a phone message (SMS), and upon receiving the card will be invited to call the post office at 076-8871190 for user verification, and to confirm the transfer of payment to the card.

The issuing of the card, the delivery and the charging of the allowance will be done with no cost and fees. The card allows charging of up to 20,000 NIS, cash withdrawals at any ATM up to 4,000 NIS a day and making purchases in all businesses in Israel that respect MasterCard including telephone and internet transactions which have become essential I these days. The card is valid for 5 years.