Senior Neighbors COVID-19 Service Updates

En Español: Senior Neighbors COVID-19 Actualización de Servicios

Last Updated: May 24, 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. We can deliver nearly anything directly to seniors who need assistance, however, we are unable to shop for groceries for clients.

Senior Neighbors vehicles also participate in RideLink which is an option for the Seniors to go anywhere in Kent County for any reason. Protecting the health and safety of seniors a top priority. Seniors using RideLink must have a mask and use it properly. Social distancing is maintained on the vehicles and the vehicles are sanitized often during the day. 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:

Two of our five senior centers are now open in a limited capacity. Our other three centers remain active through phone and virtual activities. These three center buildings currently remain closed for indoor services. Staff are answering phones from our centers and central office if you have questions.

Grand Rapids Center

This center is now open all weekdays except holidays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm although we are limited to 50% capacity. Masks must be worn at all times by those not fully vaccinated.

We are not serving meals in the center at this time but are handing out boxed lunches Monday—Friday from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. These box lunches can be eaten inside the center. A $2.00 donation is suggested.

Our pool table is now open for play!

If you have questions, please call the center directly at (616) 459-3040.

Grandville Center

This center is now open on all weekdays (except holidays) from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm but we are limited to 50% capacity. Card players are encouraged to come any time to play. Masks must be worn by those not fully vaccinated.

We are not serving meals in the center at this time but are handing out freezer meals on Mondays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. A $2.75 donation is suggested. Registration is required so please call the center by the Tuesday prior with your meal order. Phone: (616) 531-5250.

On June 30, we will be hosting a picnic with entertainment and games. Registration is required by June 22 to attend. Please call Lisa at (616) 531-5250 to sign up.

We are also offering the following activities at the Center.

Mondays
• Paint Class from 1:00 – 3:30 pm
• Enhanced Fitness Exercise Class at 10:45 am

Tuesdays
• Bingo from 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Wednesdays
• Enhanced Fitness Exercise Class at 10:45 am

Thursdays
• Bingo from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
• Matter of Balance class from 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Fridays
• Walking and Yard Games 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (different parks each week – call to find out where)
• Yoga class as 11:00 am

If you would like to participate in our activities, please call to add your name to our list. At this time, the number of spaces are limited. Phone: (616) 531-5250.

Lowell Center

The Lowell Center is currently closed but we are offering Weekly Phone Activities. Contact the center at (616) 897-5949 for details on how to join in!
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – Phone Bingo 11:00am-12:00pm
Wednesdays – Coffee with Terra 10:15am-11:00am
ThursdaysOutdoor activities starting in May 2021!

Sparta Center

The Sparta Center is offering weekly freezer meals and milk (5 meals at a time) on Thursday’s from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. A $2.75 donation is suggested. Please call Jane by the Monday prior with your meal order or for more information. Phone: (616) 516-4419.

Tuesdays
• Book Club at 10:30 am
• Various phone games starting at 1:30 pm. Call Jane at (616) 516-4419 for details on how to join in.

Thursdays
• Freezer Meal Pick Up from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Holiday events held monthly outside the center.
• Various phone games starting at 1:30 pm. Call Jane at (616) 516-4419 for details on how to join in.

Fridays
• Games at Long Lake Park on the west side of the lake off Long Lake Rd. 12:00 – 2:00 pm. Great prizes awarded by Mission Point of Cedar Springs!

Walker Center

The Walker Firehouse Café is currently offering weekly phone activities. Please call us at (616) 735-3240 for details on how to join in.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – Bingo and Center Updates with Sherri at 11:00 am
Wednesdays – Book Club and Coffee with Lora at 9:30 am
Fridays – Art Class from 1:00 to 3:00pm

Starting June 21 we will be offering outdoor activities!

Volunteer Programs:

Our AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program has partnered with Cyber Seniors to train Foster Grandparent volunteers to serve students virtually with tablets. Volunteers are now working with students at Sibley School and we hope to expand soon to Harrison Park and Hope Academy. Several Senior Companion volunteers also have been trained with tablets and are now connecting virtually with homebound seniors.

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