Homelessness and COVID-19 pandemic

Where COVID-19 has drastically hit all the parts of a community, homeless people are the most invisible target group of COVID-19. Because many homeless people are mentally ill, substance abusers, or older adults, they are more prone to develop the severe illness than the general population. Moreover, homelessness has also significantly risen due to COVID-19’s impacts on the socio-economic aspect of life.

Amid this pandemic, there is a dire need to take care of homeless people so that they can maintain their physical and mental well-being.

Why are homeless people at increased risk of COVID-19?

Certain reasons are responsible for bringing homeless people at increased risk to develop a severe illness due to COVID-19, such as

  • Affordability issues to follow COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Less access to natural supports.
  • Low hygienic environment and low socio-economic background.
  • Crowded home services (if they’re living in a caring service).
  • Less focus on homeless people by the general population amid the pandemic.

“We couldn’t get a meal or get showers. Before the pandemic, people would bring us food and toiletries and, all of a sudden, nothing. We wouldn’t shower for weeks, and I’m starving.” told Nicole Aurit, a homeless Austin resident, during her interview to Texas Tribune.

On the other hand, the number of homeless people is rising by manifold due to unemployment, poverty, and negligence in the care of mentally ill and substance abusers in the pandemic.

How can we, at Primrose, assist homelessness?

Considering homelessness, a major issue of society, home provider services like Primrose are sparing no effort to provide home care services for people experiencing mental health problems and substance abuse.

The main services provided to homeless people include the following:

  1. Supervised Living in which two or more people with the same mental health issues share a common residence.
  2. Assisted Living, where the home care services provide personal care, medication management, and assistance in daily living activities.
  3. Employment services under which people who experience mental illnesses and low socio-economic background get opportunities to integrate back into the community. These opportunities allow homeless people to manage their residencies.
  4. Supported Home Living, where a person lives with his natural supports, gets assistance from our services. It reduces the chance of becoming homeless.

Besides these, we provide flexible funds, home-delivered meals, home modifications, and adaptive aids to help people easily live in their houses despite mental health issues. These services reduce the incidence of homelessness, though indirectly.

Recovery-oriented skill development:

These home care services provide multiple levels of care to mentally ill and substance abusers by assisting them in acquiring, retaining, and improving skills related to communication, socialization, relationship development, and self-help. Moreover, a goal-oriented approach in these settings also catalyzes the recovery phase.

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We provide complete privacy and due honor to all the residents living in our facilities. If you need any assistance or have questions regarding Primrose, please contact us or visit us any time.