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Updated Message Regarding SeniorAge ReOpening Plans
SeniorAge Remains Closed A Bit Longer for Safety of Seniors
With the gradual reopening of Missouri, SeniorAge will continue to follow the guidance of medical professionals, as well as federal, and state counsel that calls for "vulnerable populations" to remain sheltered in place until phase-in reopening of businesses and activities stabilize.
We aren't certain when it will be deemed "safer" for seniors to once again congregate and won't have answers to that question until we follow the success or challenges of other places opening first. Initial guidance advises it may be 30 days or more after businesses and activities begin reopening. We want to ensure that new outbreaks do not occur as people begin to once again gather and group.
We ask seniors to be patient as we make difficult decisions about 'unknowns.' We are using the best guidance available to us to protect their health and well-being first and foremost.
In the meantime, our programs and services continue in extraordinary ways. Meals are still being delivered to senior’s homes and drive thru service at each of our senior centers is still available for those that can get out for a take home meal. We encourage recipients to make their contributions for their meals or service online at continuetogive.com/senioragegiving or mail contributions to our office or to their local senior center.
Other programs of great benefit to seniors right now include:
· Text and email alert program
· Telephone reassurance phone calls
· Virtual New to Medicare enrollment counseling
· On-line wellness videos
· Information and Assistance via phone conversations
When the time comes that we are able to safely reopen our centers, we will have every possible safety precaution in place to ensure social distancing and sanitary guidelines continue for our staff, volunteers, and patrons. This might include such things as temperature checks, face mask requirements, and guest limitations at any given time.
This may be the most difficult time yet--trying to relaunch wisely. Every effort to convey this message with compassion and patience to our seniors helps us work together, find the best options, and better lives the best way we know how.
In the Beginning: A Message for Our Seniors and Community Partners
As we all face unprecedented challenges, SeniorAge will continue to earn the confidence of seniors, caregivers, and community partners. Following minute-by-minute guidance, we strengthen outreach to assure the highest measures of safety and service.
In addition to continued extreme-cleaning practices, Friday we announced the closure of our senior center locations and walk-in service sites to public access. We chose to do this for the vigilant purpose of honoring our nation’s highest standards of action, proactively reducing risk for our seniors and staff.
Even though our centers and walk-in sites are closed to the public, they will remain staffed with willing employees who assure the continuance of our home meal delivery, as well as the conduct of essential business, and the operation of open phone lines to field questions and concerns.
We are increasing our Friendly Phone Assurance program to reach out frequently to community seniors for wellness checks. Meal drivers and community volunteers who are stepping up to help us with this service are heroes.
Recently we launched a “text alert” system for all seniors. This no-cost service will allow us to reach out with immediate text alerts for health and wellbeing, as well as warnings of emerging scams that seek to take advantage of difficult times. The Greene County Senior Services Board helped us launch this service for Greene County. We are expanding it to all other counties through the generosity of other funders. If you are not on this service, please check out our website for an agreement or call one of our senior centers for guidance.
Our move to frozen home meals in past years has been a fortuitous decision. These meals are assembled from individually-quick-frozen components—placed into well-balanced full meal trays. Because the items are always frozen, this is an enormous advantage to assuring the fight against bacterial presence and growth.
Our process of meal delivery has been modified for these extraordinary days. Meal delivery will be provided without any cross-exchange. Once assured that seniors are home (by appearance at a window or closed door), meals will be left just outside the usual drop off point. This will help protect both our seniors and our delivery individuals.
In addition to home meal delivery, those seniors who have depended upon the nutrition of senior center dining will have the opportunity to “drive up” to their normal senior center for a “take home” emergency frozen meal each day. Seniors may call their local senior center for details.
As a non-profit, everything we do at SeniorAge is wrapped in the generosity and sacrifice of committed employees and volunteers. I work with extraordinary board and advisory members, community leaders, and local teams across our service area. They are the best of the best. Their courage and calmness in the face of all the jarring noise continues to be a blessing for the progress of our unfailing mission: Working together. Finding options. Bettering lives.
Through good measures of Grace, sound reasoning, and community kindness—we will one day be telling the story of the opportunities we all chose to step up to help our nation when the call for “character and integrity” presented itself at our doors.
Starr Kohler, CEO
SeniorAge Alert Program - Opt-in Form
Download this form, fill it out, and return it to SeniorAge to the Fort Office or to any senior center to be added to the free SeniorAge Alert program. We will provide alerts for disaster response, we will perform widespread emergency wellness checks…
Senior Center Closures
This pages provides up to date information on closures. During the State's mandated stay at home orders, SeniorAge and our partnering Seiro Activity Centes are closed to the public.. However, our programs and services continue in unique ways. Home…
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