A Special Update
To Our Community:
At Senior Resource Association, the health and well-being of our clients, volunteers, riders and employees is our uncompromising priority. We recognize and appreciate the critical role we play in your daily life. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and following all recommendations of the appropriate health officials to protect against the spread of the disease. All necessary precautions have been made throughout our organization. Seniors and those with underlying health conditions are especially vulnerable if they contract COVID-19. Our staff, volunteers and clients receive regular updates and instructions to ensure their safety, including the following precautions:
MEALS ON WHEELS
Mandatory temperature screenings are conducted on all Meals on Wheels volunteers and staff. Each day, temperatures are taken with a digital no-touch thermometer. If a volunteer has a temperature above 100.4 F and/or show signs of illness, they will not be permitted to deliver meals. Another volunteer or SRA staff member will deliver their meals that day. Wearing a facial mask is required. We also encourage the social distance rule – maintain at least 6 feet between you and another person, do not shake hands or offer hugs – but big smiles are encouraged!
Our homebound Meals on Wheels deliveries have been temporarily changed to frozen meals and deliveries reduced to three days per week. Beginning Monday, August 16th, based upon each participant’s current meal plan, the following schedule is in place:
- Meals scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and/or Wednesday will be delivered each Monday.
- A delicious restaurant lunch will continue to be delivered each Tuesday.
- Meals scheduled for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday will be delivered each Thursday.
NEW! The number of Meals on Wheels clients has nearly doubled since March 2020 – we are now serving more than 450 homebound seniors each day and delivering more than 14,000 meals each month. Thanks to a Meals on Wheels America grant, Senior Resource Association partnered with four local restaurants to help meet the demand. The temporary program provides seniors with fresh alternatives to meals and simultaneously helps boost our local economy.
NEW! Grocery Shopping Assistance Program. All seniors age 60+ in Indian River County are eligible for the service. SRA staff pick up the grocery list, do the shopping, and collect payment at time of delivery on the same day – with no delivery fee. Due to its popularity and ability to keep vulnerable seniors safe while avoiding crowded grocery stores, the new program will remain in place as a permanent Senior Supportive Service.
DAYAWAY + LIFEWAY PROGRAMS:
Senior Resource Association’s DayAway and LifeWay programs in Vero Beach and Sebastian have returned to a full schedule of events and hours of operation. All participants and caregivers are welcome to participate Monday through Friday and per their individual attendance agreement with SRA. Vero Beach Hours: 7:30AM to 5:30PM and Sebastian Hours: 8:30AM to 4:30PM. Due to cognitive and physical limitations, we understand it can be a challenge for participants to remain socially distanced and wearing masks. Please rest assured that our staff will continue working diligently to keep our participants and employees as safe as possible. Clients and caregivers who wish to participate should contact SRA at 772-569-0760.
Additional guidelines remain in place for your protection, including:
- All clients/caregivers must complete a Risk Assessment prior to returning to DayAway.
- SRA reserves the right to request that program participants provide clearance from their physician prior to returning to the program.
- SRA will maintain daily documentation of staff and participant temperatures, which will be taken upon arrival and throughout the day as needed.
- All persons will be excluded from participation or facility access if expressing symptoms, as stated in current Department of Health and Center for Disease Control guidelines.
- All clients who can tolerate wearing face masks will be asked to do so, but masks are not required. However, all staff and visitors are required to wear a face mask.
- All equipment and supplies will be sanitized after each use and utilized individually.
GOLINE MASS TRANSIT & COMMUNITY COACH:
Preventative measures to control the spread of infectious diseases has been implemented on all GoLine buses and Community Coach vehicles. Each night, all GoLine buses and Community Coach vehicles are fogged with a super concentrated disinfectant. Every day, the interiors of the buses and coaches are thoroughly wiped down intermittently with a disinfectant. GoLine and Community Coach drivers have been provided the necessary tools to accomplish this task while also protecting themselves and others from spreading infectious diseases. Wearing a facial mask is required. Face masks will be available for riders as needed. All buses are LIMITED TO 20 RIDERS PER TRIP until further notice.