Seniors search nurses, social employees for his or her buildings to stop unfold of coronavirus

A gaggle of seniors residents launched a set of calls for Thursday that they are saying would higher shield them from the coronavirus of their senior residence buildings.

The demands have been offered in a digital information convention summoned by the Jane Addams Senior Caucus, an activist group with members in a number of of the 169 senior buildings within the metropolis, together with these owned by the Chicago Housing Authority.


The caucus needs all private and non-private senior buildings throughout town herald nurses and social employees to carry out routine wellness checks and to display screen guests for signs of COVID-19. Seniors additionally need all high-touch floor areas of their buildings like mailboxes, elevators and laundry machines disinfected a minimum of thrice a day.

“As a resident of a CHA senior constructing managed by The Habitat Firm, I’m right here to let you know that we’re mainly on our personal,” stated 77-year-old caucus member Linda Armitage. “We want greater than letters and indicators to ensure susceptible senior residents stay wholesome whereas confined to their flats.”

These “letters and signs” have been put up by the by the CHA in mid-March to warn residents concerning the coronavirus. The CHA stated it has translated these indicators into 13 languages and has has performed hundreds of wellbeing checks on senior residents.


Armitage stated she obtained a kind of wellbeing checks final week over the telephone. “However [the] name was very perfunctory,” she stated. The particular person on the opposite line, a resident coordinator with the CHA, requested if Armitage felt unwell, and “I answered I used to be effective, thanks. She responded, ‘Oh, good, goodbye.’”

“The shortage of concern … is unconscionable neglect by CHA, its administration firms and town of Chicago,” Armitage stated. “There have been no makes an attempt to seek out out if transportation is required to go to the physician or to purchase meals or to choose up prescriptions. There are not any lists of space meals banks or shops with senior hours.”

A consultant for The Habitat Firm couldn’t be reached for remark.


The CHA stated its staff have already instructed constructing employees to wash high-touch floor areas thrice a day, however Ald. Maria Hadden (49th) stated there isn’t a coordinated effort amongst all senior buildings to supply a baseline of help for his or her residents throughout a pandemic.

“I’ve been involved with a number of [management] firms, and whereas they’ve been responsive, lots of them don’t have public well being emergency insurance policies. They haven’t any plan in place apart from what the [Center for Disease Control and Prevention] has put out,” she stated.

“That’s the place we have to step up as a metropolis and have a plan that we will push that outlines what must be completed.”


Hadden stated she’s going to quickly introduce an ordinance that might require senior buildings to implement a few of the calls for offered by the caucus. The following Metropolis Council assembly is scheduled for April 22.

Almost 7,700 Illinois residents have examined constructive for the coronavirus as of Thursday. Of the 157 who’ve died from the virus, 85% are age 60 and older, in response to well being officers.

Carlos Ballesteros is a corps member of Report for America, a not-for-profit journalism program that goals to bolster Solar-Occasions protection of Chicago’s South Aspect and West Aspect