UPDATE – 3/26/2020
𝗧𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗦𝘂𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝗲𝗮𝗹 𝗗𝗲𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗧𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗦𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀
Senior Services takes seriously our commitment to provide nutrition and care for vulnerable older adults. In this challenging situation, we are also focused on reducing the number of interactions this vulnerable population has with anyone who may unknowingly be carrying the COVID 19 virus. Senior Services has continued to provide Meals on Wheels for the last few weeks of shutdown. During that time, we delivered numerous extra meals, both frozen and shelf stable. Each client is now well stocked with enough meals to last for several weeks. We feel at this time, it is most prudent to temporarily suspend meal delivery for this vulnerable population. We will deliver meals today, March 26 and tomorrow March 27 which will include curbside pick-up. We will remain in regular contact with each person in these next few weeks until we resume meal production and delivery.
The health and safety of older adults in Midland County is our top priority. We look forward to resuming service. In the meantime, we encourage local people to stay home whenever possible and to stay safe.
Senior Services Only Providing Essential Services
In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Senior Services is reducing services to essential services only. Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, with the exception of essential services, Senior Services will be closed until further notice.
- Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology
- Nutrition- Meals on Wheels and curbside pick-up
- Medical Transportation
- Limited Home Care
Employees have been notified by their supervisors whether they will need to report. Every effort is being made to continue to provide services while keeping clients safe.
The main building is only open to essential staff. Please call 989- 633-3700 if you have questions. You can also go to our website for information at www.seniorservicesmidland.org, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeniorServicesMidland/ or Twitter https://twitter.com/SeniorServing.
Senior Services, out of an abundance of caution, has made the determination to close or limit a number of our services for the next several weeks. We are deeply committed to preserving the health and well-being of older adults in Midland County, and our employees. Many of these individuals are among the most vulnerable individuals in our community.
Activity and Dining Centers, Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program, and Team Handyman: In keeping with the most recent suggestions from the CDC, we will close our five Activity and Dining Centers including all activities, classes, clinics and events for the next eight weeks. We hope to resume normal operations beginning Monday, May 11. We will also temporarily cease offering MMAP appointments and Team Handyman during that time.
In the meantime, it is important to ensure the older adults who normally attend have an opportunity to procure healthy meals with limited contact with others. As such, we will begin offering drive through delivery of meals on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at our Trailside, Sanford, and Coleman sites for people age 60+ who typically attended congregate meals. Meals must be reserved by phone by not later than 9 am the previous business day by calling 989-633-3789. Pickups at Trailside and Sanford will be 11:30 am – 12:00 pm, Coleman will be 12:00-12:30 pm.
Meals on Wheels: We will continue to deliver Meals on Wheels to current clients, and will try to expand that service temporarily for elders in need. Since most of our current volunteers are over 65 themselves, we will need to quickly recruit and train new volunteers to temporarily help in this unique situation. Meals typically go out between 10 – 10:30 am. Each route takes roughly two hours to deliver. Initial orientations will be conducted on Wednesday and Thursday, March 18 and 19. To volunteer, please call Tina at 989-633-3741 to schedule orientation and start the process of background checks if you are under 65, healthy, and interested in helping.
If you would like to donate toward the cost of your meal or are a community member interested in helping support our efforts to expand this vital service, we would encourage donations to be made online at our website, www.seniorservicesmidland.org, or by mailing a check to 4700 Dublin Ave, Midland, MI 48642. Please do not offer cash at meal pickup.
Transportation, Care Management, Care Coordination, Counseling, Home Care, and Seasons Adult Day Health Services:
- Transportation services will be reduced to only transport older adults to their medically necessary appointments for the next eight weeks.
- Home Care Services will also be significantly reduced.
- Where possible, other services including Counseling, Care Coordination, and Care Management will be conducted by phone only.
- Seasons Adult Day Health Services will get in direct contact with the families they serve to ensure these elders are safe and taken care of.
This is a very fluid situation. If we find we are able to resume some services prior to May 11 or extend closures beyond that date, we will be sure to communicate that change to clients, volunteers, and the public as quickly as we know.
We ask that you please not stop in the office with questions, but contact our office by phone. If you receive any of the services listed above, please be patient, we will be contacting clients soon to determine a plan of care moving forward. If you do not currently receive meals through Senior Services, are over 60, and have no family or other support nearby to help you with meals, please call 989-633-3700.
Above all, Senior Services encourages all of those in our community to follow the CDC guidelines to maintain social distancing, stronger than usual hygiene and disinfecting practices, and to watch out for your older neighbors. Your health is our priority.