Senior Neighbors COVID-19 Service Updates

En Español: Senior Neighbors COVID-19 Actualización de Servicios

Last Updated: June 12, 2020

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 services continue to be provided via phone appointments with the added service of completing errands for the most vulnerable of our clients.

Healthy Aging Classes:
All classes currently offered are hosted virtually by a certified instructer using the app ZOOM.  Registration is required prior to joining a virtual class.  Call 616-233-0283 or email:  jlake@seniorneighbors.org to register. 

  • Flexibility, Strengthening, Balance and Conditioning Class
    Wednesdays @ 11:00 AM with instructor Dani Banks
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis Starting June 15th
    Mondays and Wednesdays @ 2:00pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 4:15pm

Home Maintenance and Home Repair for Veterans:
Most home maintenance and repair work is limited to outside or yard work at this time. Some projects within the home of seniors may be possible if they are considered urgent/emergency situations.

Transportation:
The Transportation team is eager to deliver anything to Seniors that may be needed. Deliveries can be delivered directly to clients, to the Grandville Center or to Central Office. Unfortunately, we are unable to go grocery shopping for clients.

The Transportation Team is excited to be out in their vehicles serving the Seniors and you.  They have PPE and have been trained to use it properly for their health and safety and for those who they are delivering to.

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:
As previously announced, 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. We are requesting a $2.00 donation for these lunches. If you have questions, please call the Center directly at (616) 459-3040.
  • Grandville Center: The Grandville Center has freezer meals & milk (5 meals at a time) available on Mondays from 10 am until 12 pm. A $2.75 suggested donation is requested.
    Please call the center by the Thursday prior with your meal order. Phone: (616) 531-5250.
  • Lowell Center: The Lowell Center is offering Weekly Phone Activities, all @ 11:00 am.
    Mondays & Fridays – Phone Bingo
    Wednesdays – Coffee with Terra
    Thursdays – Music
    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 Phone Activities along with weekly freezer meal pick-up. Call Jane for more information. Phone: (616) 516-4419.
    Monday & Wednesday – Phone Bingo @ 10:30 am
    Mondays – Bible Study with Cindy @ 10:30 am
    Tuesdays-Book Club @10:30 am
    Thursdays – Freezer Meal Pick Up (must call Jane to place order)
    Fridays – Farkle, Rally Roll & 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 – Rhythm Band with Lora @ 9:30 am
    These activities can be enjoyed by calling (231) 309-8101, Conference ID: 864252#. You can also call the Center with any questions. Phone: (616) 735-3240.

Volunteer Programs:
Our three Senior Corps volunteer programs are mostly on hold, although they continue to receive the much-needed stipends they depend on. 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

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