People older than 70 instructed to stay at home

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2020-03-23 16:54

The Finnish Government has issued guidelines that state that persons over 70 years of age must avoid contact with other persons. The Government strongly recommends that they should avoid crowds and public places. The purpose of this recommendation is to protect elderly people from contracting the coronavirus.

Nestori – Guidance and Service Counselling for Senior Citizens will help you run necessary everyday errands. Nestori has extended its telephone service hours. Starting from Friday, 20 March, Nestori’s telephone hours are Mon–Fri 8:00–16:00.

Avoid going to the grocery shop or the pharmacy

It is a good idea to have someone who is not in a risk group to go to the grocery shop and the pharmacy on your behalf and bring the purchases to your door. Another option is to use the home delivery services of grocery shops.

This is a good time to ask for help and to offer help to your neighbours. Many volunteer organisations also offer help to the elderly.

If you must buy groceries and visit the pharmacy yourself, please do so during quiet hours when there are few other customers. Stay at least a metre apart from others. Some grocery shops have separate opening hours for people in risk groups. Contact your grocery shop to see if this is the case.

Another person can visit the pharmacy on your behalf and pick up your medicine. The person who visits the pharmacy will need your Kela card and a list of medicines they should bring. You can also use the service to authorise another person to visit the pharmacy on your behalf. Some pharmacies also offer a home delivery service.

If you are unable to arrange your groceries and pharmacy visits on your own, please contact Nestori – Guidance and Service Counselling for Senior Citizens, tel. 09 816 33 333 or by email:

On Thursday, 19 March, Nestori’s telephone service is open from 9:00 to 15:00 as usual. Starting from Friday, 20 March, the telephone service will be open from Monday to Friday between 8:00 and 16:00.

Nestori – Guidance and Service Counselling for Senior Citizens provides older people with advice, guidance and help in all questions related to elderly services.  “We are here to help seniors get the help they need. We are currently planning the practical arrangements with our partners. I hope that Espoo residents help their elderly loved ones if they can,” says Sirpa Immonen, the manager of service counselling at Nestori.

Remember to take care of yourself

Going outdoors is still important and recommended, if you can go outside independently. When you go out, keep some distance between you and others.

Take care of hand hygiene.

Even though the city’s sports and exercise facilities are closed, it is a good idea to keep exercising. Links to videos, printable instructions and live broadcasts created with our partners can be found on the Sports and Exercise Services website.

To stay in touch with your loved ones, use your telephone.

Mental health services are there to help you if the coronavirus is making you feel worried and anxious.

It is understandable that the new situation may cause concern and anxiety. If you would like to talk to someone about your concerns and thoughts, mental health experts will help you.

  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, tel. 09 816 31300 (Mon–Fri 8:00–16:00)
  • The crisis hotline of MIELI Mental Health Finland is there to help outside these hours, tel. 09 2525 0111

More information and health care instructions are also available on this website: