About fifty of the Quinault Indian Nation elders reside in the small community of Queets, Washington. With the pandemic beginning outside of the community and eventually reaching it has been extremely uncomfortable for the elders; who have been identified as the most vulnerable population by both the state and the health officials for our tribe. The nearest hospital is forty-five miles away and the community as a whole relies on an ambulance for transportation. The responding ambulance is usually takes no less than an hour to arrive. Many rely on the Quinault Nation’s programs to help them with resources and some even more with transportation to medical appointments, essentials, etc.
From the arrival of COVID-19 in the U.S in January of 2020 and continuing into the year 2021; many things in the elder’s services through the Quinault Nation have changed. During the last twelve months, the pandemic has moved from being a face-to-face resource to contactless services.
Many of our elders have an underlying condition. These underlying conditions may include diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure or heart conditions. Contracting the virus would be extremely devasting for both the elder, family and tight-knit community.
The goal throughout this research is to document the changes and various aspects that Covid-19 has affected the elders within the Queets community over the course of twelve months. I have done this through firsthand experience as both a community member and an employee of the senior program while frequently working closely with the elders.
Keywords: PANDEMIC, ELDERS, SERVICES, academic service, learning, diversity, or sustainability