Senior Neighbors COVID-19 Service Updates

En Español: Senior Neighbors COVID-19 Actualización de Servicios

Last Updated: September 22, 2021

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 Coordination, Medicare and Medicaid Counseling and Refugee Program:

Case Management and support services continue to provide phone support and are expanding availability to include home visits and walk in support at our Central Office. Interpreter services are also available as needed.

Healthy Aging Classes:

We are offering a variety of options for wellness classes, including in person indoors, outdoors, and over Zoom. Please click here to visit the healthy aging class page for our 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:

Our Transportation Team is excited to be out in vehicles serving area seniors! Team members follow proper CDC safety guidelines to keep seniors and themselves safe. Federal guidelines also mandate that all riders must wear a mask. Social distancing is maintained on the vehicles and the vehicles are sanitized often during the day.

Senior Neighbors vehicles participate in RideLink which is an option for the Seniors to go anywhere in Kent County for any reason. If you would like to schedule a ride with RideLink, please call 616-774-1288. One week notice is required to schedule a ride.

For all other requests or questions regarding transportation, please call us at (616) 459-6019.

Senior Centers:

As of August, our Senior Centers are mostly resuming normal operations. For details on current activities and opportunities, please follow the links below.

Volunteer Programs:

Our AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program will once again begin working directly with students in schools. Current schools scheduled to start include Sibley, Stocking, New Hope Academy, Harrison Park, and Brookside. Many more will be added in the near future.

Several Senior Companion volunteers have been trained with tablets and are now connecting virtually with homebound seniors, while others have begun to return to visiting their clients in person. Depending on the wishes of the client and volunteer, both options are currently available.

In coordination with partner stations, RSVP volunteers are returning to in-person service. Virtual and/or remote service opportunities continue to be available for any individual who requests that option. RSVP will provide technology equipment and training needed for virtual volunteering.

 

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