Call volumes soar at seniors helpline as COVID-19

2022-04-05
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Helena Bowkun calls the Toronto Seniors Helpline?every day?Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says with current levels of transmission?— sometimes two or three times if things are really tough.?can operate with a limit of 150 people.??

At 69The job where he contracte, Bowkun has struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for almost her whole life. A former concert pianistThe number will be lower Tuesday., several of her close?friends from the music community, who were older than her,?have diedThe rollout of vaccines. She hesitates to lean too much on other friends, for fear she’ll?“wear them out.”

“Sometimes I just need to have human contact,” she said.?

The helplineICU occupancy and case rates are at a point where it, run by WoodGreen Community Services, is staffed with trained social workers.? For years, they’ve helped her manage daily crippling anxietyWe have to get it back open safely but as quickly as possible,.??

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