These are real questions asked by seniors and those who support them on SeniorsNL’s information line.
Q: Now that doctors’ offices are opening up again after being shut for so long, it’s hard to get an appointment with my family doctor. Is there anywhere else I can go?
A: If your health concern isn’t an emergency, you can make an appointment through 811 to talk to a nurse practitioner over the phone or by video or chat. A nurse practitioner can write certain prescriptions for you and may save you a trip to the doctor’s office.
To book an appointment, call 811. Have your MCP number ready so you can speak to a nurse, who will assess your symptoms to determine if a nurse practitioner appointment is a good option for you.
Q: I have several health conditions and I am still worried about going out in public because of COVID-19. That means I hardly ever leave the house and I am finding it quite lonely. I don’t have a computer, so sometimes I go for days without connecting with another person. What can I do?
A: Fortunately, there is a new, free program to help seniors and older adults in the province who feel socially isolated as a result of COVID-19. The Canadian Red Cross Friendly Calls Program matches seniors with a compassionate and trained volunteer, who will call them on a scheduled basis for a check-in and a chat. To find out more about the program or to sign up, call 1-833-729-0144 from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Do you have a question you would like answered in this column? If so, send it to SeniorsNL by email at [email protected] or by mail to 243 Topsail Rd., Suite 110, St. John’s, N.L., A1E 0G5. Or feel free to call us with a question about a seniors’ issue, service or concern on our toll-free information line at 1-800-563-5599. Also follow us on Facebook and Twitter and visit our website at SeniorsNL.ca.