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 AND MANDATED BY INDIAN RIVER COUNTY. 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!
With the gradual re-opening of Indian River County our homebound Meal on Wheels deliveries have now increased to five days per week. A hot, nutritious lunch is delivered to each client with enough frozen meals for the weekend and according to each clients’ meal plan. Wellness visits are also safely conducted, following all recommended health guidelines, by our dedicated volunteers and SRA staff.
- NEW! Meals on Wheels has experienced a 75% increase in clients since March – we are serving more than 450 homebound seniors each week and delivering more than 16,000 meals per 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 is gradually re-opening our Vero Beach and Sebastian DayAway facilities with limited capacity. We can permit two DayAway clients to attend in Vero Beach and three clients to attend in Sebastian in three-hour increments each day. Clients and caregivers who wish to participate can contact SRA at 772-569-0760 to learn more about our caregiver respite and DayAway programs.
Additional guidelines have been implemented 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. All staff and visitors are required to wear a face mask. Extra sanitation protocols are also in place.
- DayAway will focus on enrichment programming that allow adherence to social distancing and sanitation protocols.
- Activities will be selected according to each participant’s ability and their ability to sustain social distancing and sanitation protocols. Visitor-centered activities will be conducted with the same protocols in place.
- Foot paths will be created to help participants maintain 6-foot social distance guidelines.
- 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 OF ALL RIDERS AND DRIVERS, AS MANDATED BY INDIAN RIVER COUNTY. Face masks will be available for riders as needed. All buses remain LIMITED TO 10 RIDERS PER TRIP until further notice.
April 7th, GoLine Route #15 was TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.
April 9th, GoLine Route #11 was TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.
Saturday Service, GoLine service has resumed on Saturdays except for Routes 11, 13 and 15, which remain temporarily suspended.
Community Coach will continue operating Monday through Saturday so that SRA can deliver groceries, meals, essential supplies, and medications to homebound, at-risk individuals throughout Indian River County.