Shelter-in-Place Resources for Older Adults in Central Ohio


Refilling and Delivery of Prescription Medication

Many pharmacies offer home delivery of prescription medications. Some deliveries are free, depending on the pharmacy. You can transfer a prescription from one pharmacy to another by calling the pharmacy where you want it to be transferred to. Ask your doctor for 90-day refills, if possible, in order to limit number of deliveries.

  • Giant Eagle: Offers free home delivery. Call your local store or Giant Eagle’s customer service number at 800-553-2324, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. EDT. Store locator link.

  • Kroger: Kroger has pick-up service for prescriptions. People with complex medical conditions can use their Kroger Specialty Pharmacy for home delivery. Please call your local store or 855-802-3230 for more information on if you qualify.

  • Walgreens: Offers Alliance Rx Prime, a free home delivery service for 90-day prescriptions. Phone: 877-787-3047
  • Walmart: You can request home delivery of your prescriptions by calling 800-273-3455, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST or Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CST. Online service is not available.

Rx Assistance for Free Medication

Rx Assist connects customers to programs that provide free medications for those who need it.


Is Take-out or Delivery Safe?

According to the FDA:

As of March 20, 2020, “there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 by food. Foodborne exposure to this virus is not known to be a route of transmission.”

Medical experts say that the risk of transmission during delivery is low. However, people who handle the packaging of your food may unknowingly transmit the virus, so wash your hands thoroughly after removing food from packaging and before eating.

Ask the delivery person to drop-off your order on your doorstep or put a cooler outside for them to use. Article with more information on MarketWatch.


Senior Grocery Shopping Hours in Central Ohio

Many grocery stores are opening early to allow seniors and other vulnerable populations to shop. Below are the hours that some of the larger chains have designated for shopping. Delivery or pick-up information is also included. Please note that higher delivery demand has increased delivery times. Please plan ahead when ordering as some stores say it can be several days until the order is delivered. While the risk of transmission via packaging seems low to experts, remember to wash your hands thoroughly after touching any outside packaging.

  • Dollar General:
    • Hours – Senior Store Hours, which are designed to allow some of their most vulnerable customers the ability to shop during the first hour that our stores are open. Link to Store Finder.
    • Pick-up & Delivery – DG Delivers for delivery service. Be careful to not sign up for subscriptions, which will automatically deliver products every month.
  • Giant Eagle:
    • Hours – 6:00 to 7:00 AM Monday through Wednesday. Exclusive shopping for those 60 and older, differently-abled or immune-compromised.
    • Pick-up & Delivery – Curbside Express for pick-up and delivery.
  • Kroger:
    • Hours – 7:00 to 8:00 AM Mondays through Thursdays. For those 60 and older, along with high-risk customers (as defined by the Centers for Disease Control).
    • Pick-up & Delivery – Kroger Express for pick-up and delivery.
  • Meijer:
    • Hours – 7:00 to 8:00 AM Tuesdays and Thursdays. Shopping for older customers.
    • Pick-up & Delivery – More Ways to Meijer for pick-up and delivery.
  • Walmart:
    • Hours – 6:00 to 7:00 AM. Seniors only to shop.
    • Pick-up & Delivery – Walmart Online for pick-up and delivery.
  • Whole Foods:
    • Hours – 7:00 to 8:00 AM every day. All Whole Foods Market stores will service customers who are 60+ years old one hour before opening the store to the general public. Link to Store Finder.
    • Pick-up & Delivery –Whole Foods for pick-up and delivery. (Use Amazon Prime account for 2-hour service.)

Central Ohio Restaurant Info

This site includes information sorted by neighborhood about which restaurants are open, their hours, and their services.

Support Columbus Eats.

Use these links for more information on different delivery services like UberEats, DoorDash, and Grub Hub.

DoorDash waives delivery fees for customers over 60.


How to Avoid Scams

Advice on how to avoid scams from people taking advantage of fears surrounding the pandemic. Remember that the government links below contain the best information about the health crisis.


Ways to Stay Socially Connected

Keep in touch with loved ones even while practicing social distancing. Use the following digital platforms on your computer, tablet, or smartphone to stay connected with others.


Free Resources to Cure Boredom

If you are feeling bored, many organizations have made their content available for free during this time. Try taking a free course, read online books and articles, visit a virtual art gallery, or listen to a podast. Some interesting links below.

  • Columbus Public Library. The library has made several resources available on its website. Scroll to the bottom of the linked page to find resources for adults.

  • Coursera. An education site that offers free classes from top worldwide universities, including Carnegie Mellon, Duke, and Stanford in the US.

  • Broadway for free. Broadway HD is offering a 7-day trial to access Broadway shows. Be sure to cancel after 7-days so you don’t accrue fees!

  • Art Classes. Several universities (including Harvard and the Art Institute of Chicago) are offering free art classes.

  • JSTOR. The online academic resource has peer-reviewed journals and more than 30,000 books available online.

  • Podcasts to Distract You. The New York Times published a list of podcasts that can help take your mind off of the news and entertain you in a fun way.

  • Write to a Nursing Home Resident. Residents of nursing homes are not allowed visitors now. Maybe take a moment to send a letter to let them know they are in our thoughts. Below are two places to send letters and this link will take you to a Columbus Nursing Home Directory.
    • Whetstone Gardens and Care Center, 3710 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43214
    • Isabelle Ridgway Nursing Center, 1520 Hawthorne Ave, Columbus, OH 43203

Organizations Serving Older Adults

The following organizations serve the older adult community in Central Ohio. If you have questions or need help not covered in this list, please contact them.

  • Ohio Department of Aging. Provides services, education, and outreach to the elderly and their caregivers.
    • Phone: 1-800-266-4346

  • Lifecare Alliance. Helps older adults maintain their independence at home through programs like Meals-on-Wheels.
    • Phone: 614-278-3130

  • Village Networks are groups of neighborhood residents joining together to provide volunteer services to keep older adults in their homes. Services include maintenance, transportation, and social activities.
    • At Home By High. Serves residents of The Circles, Dennison Place, Harrison West, Italian Village, Milo-Grogan, Victorian Village, University District, and Weinland Park. Phone: 614-686-4363
    • Village Connections. Serves residents of German Village, Schumacher Place, The Brewery District and much of Merion Village and Downtown. Phone: 614-226-6567
    • Village in the Ville. Serves residents of the Clintonville-Beechwold area. Phone: 614-268-3539
    • Ville on the Hill. Serves residents of the Hilltop area. Phone: 614-398-1230

Free News Sources

Many local and national news sources are providing free access for information about the pandemic.


The Ohio Department of Health Coronavirus Portal

Ohio Department of Health Director’s full orders for “Shelter in Place.”


CDC Coronavirus Information


Note on Contents

This page was first published on March 27, 2020. All information will be updated periodically. I tried to provide high-quality links to well-researched sources.

Although information presented here is tailored to the Central Ohio community, many links are to national chains and could apply to other locations. Please contact your local franchise of any store listed above to confirm hours or services.

Any questions or comments about this page? Please contact me at maggie@aging-stories.org.

Best wishes that you and your loved ones stay healthy during this time.