The holiday season is a joyful time to spend with loved ones. However, it can be challenging or seniors who are alone or on limited income. Getting to the market or medical appointments is difficult when you have few transportation options. For those on a limited income, it may involve making a tough choice — using their funds to buy food or pay monthly bills.
Loneliness, social isolation, limited transportation and lack of adequate financial resources are often realities of life, not just during the holiday season, but also on a daily basis.
We can help. Catholic Charities Hawaii (CCH) offers Phone-A-Friend, a program that matches volunteer callers with isolated seniors via scheduled phone calls. CCH’s Transportation Services helps seniors access health, nutrition and social services. CCH’s Benefits Enrollment Center (BEC) assists Medicare beneficiaries struggling financially to maximize their public and private benefits for their basic needs. Benefits may include the Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) to help get food on the table, Medicare subsidies or Medicaid to help with medical care, Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help cover utility expenses, and more.