Service of Pandemic-Caused Rigmarole That’s Hard on City Seniors & the Time-Pressed

December 14th, 2020

Categories: Bank, Banking, Disability, Elderly, Food, Medical, Medical Administration, Medical Care, Pandemic, Seniors, Service

Block long line to be tested for Covid-19, 8:30 a.m.

The pandemic is hard on everyone. Here are a few things I noticed about getting things done in the city that impact seniors, those with disabilities and the time-pressed.

It’s ironic because a city like New York allows seniors to be independent with its myriad transportation options, nearby watering holes and entertainment opportunities.

Standing for Service

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I needed a battery for my iPhone. The Apple staff at the store at Grand Central Terminal couldn’t have been nicer. But there was a lot of standing around waiting: to go upstairs after being checked in; on a line upstairs properly socially distanced–and then hanging out in the station for an hour while the phone was fixed. My appointment was in early evening so the few stores that remain in business at the station were shut. There were neither seats nor distractions.

Standing for Testing

We’re encouraged to be tested for Covid-19. The procedure at urgent care locations in Manhattan is daunting I’m told. You must have an appointment and can only sign up for one the same day. At certain hours I pass long lines outdoors, some with people better socially distanced than others, on cold, rainy and mild fall days [photo above].

I wonder, as I head for the gutter to keep more than a 6-foot distance, why are these people in line? Have they been exposed to Covid-19? Are they feeling ill?

Photo: statnews.com

One friend found a place that had no line. She made an appointment and they called her when they had a free time-frame which gave her 30 minutes to get back. Best that you live very near this place and choose a day with no appointments because you don’t know when you’ll get the call.

Goodness only knows what the rollout to get a vaccine will be like.

A benefit of the suburbs is that you can wait for a test in your car.

Pin the Tail on a Bank: Three’s a Charm

I needed to have a document notarized and was told by my bank that every branch had notaries. No longer accurate. I asked a customer service staffer at the first branch to call another one to confirm that they had a notary. Nobody picked up so I walked there. That customer service man disappeared in a back office.

After I waited the length of time in which three people could have had their signatures notarized he returned and told me I needed an appointment for the next day. At least this customer service person knew of a branch that had a few notaries so off I raced.

I appreciated the mileage I’d covered–recorded on my iPhone–but not the stress and I couldn’t help wonder what if I was unable to hotfoot it around town?

Just Sayin’

I love Trader Joe’s but notice that many shelves are empty during early senior hours no doubt because there hasn’t been time, at 8 a.m., to restock them.

Have you noticed other topsy-turvy situations during the pandemic that have impacted the way/how quickly you do business and/or conduct your life? Do you observe situations that especially impact seniors and the time-pressed?

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2 Responses to “Service of Pandemic-Caused Rigmarole That’s Hard on City Seniors & the Time-Pressed”

  1. Lucrezia Said:

    The world shouldn’t revolve around the elderly any more than any age, race, religious or whatever group. NO ONE should be made to run around and stand in long lines anywhere putting themselves, or each other at life threatening risks. To exclude others from consideration, flies against just about everyone’s sense of ethics and/or morals.

    Let everyone follow the rules, make appointments for tests, rather than be exposed to danger, wear masks, distance oneself whenever possible from others, we may, as a society, beat this thing. To succeed, everyone must consider him/herself in the same boat, with no thought of throwing anyone overboard!

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Lucrezia,

    I don’t think anyone pinpointed seniors with the examples I chose and you are right: Nobody should have to wait in lines these days or jog from bank to bank whether 18 or 81.

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