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 COVID-19 Phase 2 in Indian River County, beginning Monday, June 1st, our homebound Meal on Wheels deliveries increased to twice per week. A hot, nutritious lunch is delivered to each client with enough frozen meals for the remainder of the week and according to each clients’ meal plan. Wellness visits are conducted with those deliveries and SRA staff will continue to make phone calls throughout the week. Social Dining service also increased to two deliveries each week. Enough frozen meals are provided to each client for the remainder of the week and according to each clients’ meal plan. Notes: The Salvation Army dining site service in Vero Beach remains temporarily suspended. All other dining sites remain operational as per the new schedule.

To meet the immediate demand, and in collaboration with the United Way of Indian River County, Treasure Coast Food Bank, The Salvation Army and United Against Poverty, SRA is making food and essential deliveries to ensure residents with no other means of transportation or ways to safely shop for themselves are receiving essential living supplies and food during the crisis, including those under the age of 60.

  • NEW! SRA is partnering with local restaurants to help feed our senior neighbors. Beginning in July, thanks to a Meals on Wheels America COVID-19 Response grant, we will purchase more than 400 weekly meals from local restaurants for 20 consecutive weeks and deliver them to our Meals on Wheels clients.
  • Utilizing Community Coach, our door-to-door transit system, Senior Resource Association safely delivers food, essential supplies and prescriptions for those in need.
  • NEW! Grocery Shopping Program for Adults age 60+: Seniors who need grocery shopping services can contact Senior Resource Association at 772.569.0760 (ext 100) to request assistance. No delivery charge!

 

DAYAWAY + LIFEWAY PROGRAMS:

For the safety of our clients, caregivers and staff, full-service DayAway programs and LifeWay activities at our Vero Beach and Sebastian facilities are temporarily suspended. Senior Resource Association will gradually re-open our Vero Beach and Sebastian facilities with limited capacity. Beginning July 13th, we can permit a total of two DayAway clients to attend in Vero Beach and three clients to attend in Sebastian, each on a three-hour basis. Clients and caregivers who wish to participate will be notified with their designated date and time.

  • 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 need
  • All persons will be excluded from participation or facility access if expressing symptoms, as stated incurrent Department of Health and Center for Disease Control guid
  • 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.

Clients and caregivers who need respite and other in-home services during the suspension period can contact Senior Resource Association to schedule services in advance at 772-569-0760.

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.

Thursday, April 9th, GoLine Route #11 was TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.

Saturday, April 11th, GoLine TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED SATURDAY SERVICE along all routes.

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.

Our volunteers, clients and staff are at the heart of all we do. Your safety and health are paramount. As this global pandemic progresses, other procedures may be implemented. We will keep you informed as often as possible. Thank you for your continued support and compliance as we prepare and respond to the situation.

How Can You Help? See our SRA Frequently Asked Questions for ways you and your neighbors can be of assistance. We are grateful for our compassionate community!

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To stay updated about COVID-19, you can also contact the Florida Department of Health Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 12:00pm at 866-779-6121 or COVID-19@health.gov.