Senior Neighbors COVID-19 Service Updates

En Español: Senior Neighbors COVID-19 Actualización de Servicios

Last Updated: January 15, 2021

Senior Neighbors has released a statement regarding plans for the coming weeks and months.

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The programs and services provided through Senior Neighbors have been modified and/or limited and are listed below. For the most up to date information, please call 616-459-6019.

Case Management, Housing Assistance, Medicare and Medicaid Counseling and Refugee Program:
Case Manager and support services continue to be provided via phone appointments with the added service of completing errands for the most vulnerable of our clients. Interpreter services are available as needed.

Healthy Aging Classes:
All classes are being hosted virtually by a certified instructor using ZOOM.  Registration is required prior to joining a virtual class.  Call 616-233-0283 or email:  jlake@seniorneighbors.org to register or visit the healthy aging class for the most up to date information. https://seniorneighbors.org/services/healthy-aging/

  • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
  • Balance, Core & More!
  • Flexibility, Strengthening, Balance and Conditioning Class
  • Gentle Yoga
  • Strong and Steady
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis
  • Zoom fit

Please visit the healthy aging class for the most up to date information:

Home Maintenance and Home Repair for Veterans:
Home maintenance and repair work has resumed for in-home work with new precautions and safeguards in place, as of January 18, 2021.

Transportation:
The Transportation team is eager to deliver anything to Seniors that may be needed. Deliveries can be delivered directly to seniors when needed. Unfortunately, we are unable to go grocery shopping for clients.

The Transportation Team is excited to be out in their vehicles serving seniors.  They have been trained and follow proper CDC safety guidelines to keep seniors and themselves safe.

Senior Neighbors vehicles also participate in RideLink this is still an option for the Seniors to go anywhere in Kent County for any reason. Seniors using RideLink must have a mask and use it.  There is social distancing in place on the vehicles and the vehicles are sanitized often during the day.  The health and safety of seniors is one of RideLInk’s top priorities.

If you would like to schedule a ride with RideLink, please call 616-774-1288.  They need one week notice to schedule a ride. For all other requests or questions regarding transportation, please call us at (616) 459-6019.

Senior Centers:
All 5 senior centers are closed, yet we remain active at our Centers. Staff are answering phones from our centers and central office if you have questions.

  • Grand Rapids Center: The Grand Rapids Senior Center is serving boxed lunches Monday—Friday between 9:30 am – 12:00 pm. A $2.00 donation for these lunches is suggested. If you have questions, please call the Center directly at (616) 459-3040. We encourage seniors to participate in the other senior centers phone activities.
  • Grandville Center: The Grandville Center has freezer meals & milk (5 meals at a time) available on Mondays from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. A $2.75 suggested donation is suggested.
    Please call the center by the Thursday prior with your meal order. Phone: (616) 531-5250. We encourage seniors to participate in the other senior centers phone activities.
  • Lowell Center: The Lowell Center is offering Weekly Phone Activities.
    Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays – Phone Bingo 11:00am-12:00pm
    Wednesdays – Coffee with Terra 10:15am-11:00am
    Thursdays – Special Music starting at 11:30am
    Contact the center for more details on how to join in on the activities. Phone: (616) 897-5949.
  • Sparta Center: The Sparta Center is offering weekly freezer meals and milk (5 meals at a time) available on Thursday’s from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm. A $2.75 suggested donation is suggested. Please call Jane by the Monday prior with your meal order or for more information. Phone: (616) 516-4419.
    Monday & Wednesday – Phone Bingo @ 10:30 am
    Tuesdays – Book Club @10:30 am
    Thursdays – Freezer Meal Pick Up (must call Jane to place order)
    Monday, Wednesday & Fridays – Various games & Trivia @ 10:30 am
  • Walker Firehouse Café: The Walker Firehouse Café is offering weekly phone activities.
    Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays – Bingo and Center Updates with Sherri @ 11:00 am
    Wednesdays – Book Club and Coffee with Lora @ 9:30 am
    Fridays – Art Class @ 1:00-3:00pm
    Contact the Center for more details on how to join in on the activities. Phone: (616) 735-3240.

Volunteer Programs:

Our AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program has partnered with Cyber Seniors who are providing professional training for volunteers on tablets to serve students virtually. The training is still ongoing but we hope to connect seniors with students in the near future. Soon, Senior Companions will also receive similar training to be able to connect with other homebound seniors.

RSVP volunteer programs are mostly on hold. In place of their normal volunteer service, many have transitioned to making wellness calls.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call, email, or message us with any questions. Please stay tuned for updates as the recommendations from local, state, and federal officials are rapidly changing.

Additional Resources

West Michigan Vaccination Information: https://vaccinatewestmi.com/

Kent County Health Department: https://www.accesskent.com/Health/coronavirus.htm

Spectrum Health: https://www.spectrumhealth.org/covid19

State of Michigan: https://www.michigan.gov/Coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019