Reopening Guidelines

AT THIS TIME, THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE BEING OFFERED:

  • TRANSPORTATION FOR MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS
  • LOAN CLOSET PICK UP BY APPOINTMENT 
  • DECEMBER NEWSLETTERS IS AVAILABLE IN THE FRONT ENTRANCE
  • PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS

SENIOR CENTER REOPENING GUIDELINES

THESE GUIDELINES WILL BE ENFORCED UNTIL RECOMMENDATIONS CHANGE. ALL GUIDELINES ARE FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR MEMBERS AND STAFF, WHICH IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. EVERYONE NEEDS TO EVALUATE THEIR PERSONAL HEALTH ISSUES BEFORE RETURNING TO OUR CENTER AND MAKE SURE THEY WILL BE ABLE TO ABIDE BY OUR GUIDELINES. IF YOU DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE OR CAN’T FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES YOU SHOULD CONSIDER WAITING TO RETURN TO OUR CENTER UNTIL RESTRICTIONS HAVE CHANGED.

More than ever, it is important to remember if you are not feeling well, please stay home. This is for your safety and or course is the considerate choice for everyone at our Center. If anyone comes to our Center and is then diagnosed with COVID-19, our Center will be closed for a minimum of 14. All participants who were at our Center on the day an infected person was present will be notified to alert their health care provider. We ask that if you or someone you know who has been to our Center becomes infected with COVID-19, to immediately notify us.

It will be mandatory that everyone wear a mask covering their mouth and nose at all times. There will be no exceptions to this guideline.

Physical distancing of 6 feet will be required at all times with the exception of exercising, where 8 feet is the requirement. Social distancing markers will be displayed throughout the Center, please always remember to abide by this guideline. Unfortunately, there will be limited socializing at the Center. Everyone will be asked to go to your activity and then leave the Center. We asked that you don’t enter staff offices. If you need to talk with staff, please come to their doorway to have a conversation or call on the phone when you get home. Also, there will be no “hanging out” or hugging at this time.  Air hugs will have to do for the time being. We need to stay positive and remember that we are all back together.

We will not be accepting any donations for the Art Room/ Stitch & Chat Group, books for the library or any other items until further notice. Any monetary donations will be accepted and very much appreciated. If you would like to make a monetary donation, we would prefer a check instead of cash.

Everyone will enter through the front door where their temperature will be taken with a touchless thermometer and asked a series of questions. If someone has a temperature or answers yes to any question, they will not be permitted to enter our Center. This individual will be asked to go home and notify their health care professional. We will require that they don’t return to our Center until their temperature is normal and/or they don’t have any of their present symptoms for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. If they have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 we require them to not return for at least 14 days.

The Senior Center’s front doors will be locked between scheduled activities and at the end of each day when the last activity for the day has started. All activities require you to sign up and cancel if you can’t attend. If you need to come to the Center for any reason you must call to make an appointment. Please call with any questions.

Until restrictions are changed there will be no water, coffee, or snacks provided.

We will not be selling greeting cards or craft items until restrictions on common touch areas are lifted.

EXERCISE CLASSES: There will be no weights or water provided. If you want to participate in classes that require this equipment you will need to purchase it and bring these materials to class.  There will be coat hooks and rugs for boots/shoes. We do recommend that you limit any other items you bring into the Center because you will need to keep them by your chair or on your person. You will exit through the back door of the gym after your class.

TRANSPORTATION:  We will begin with limited destinations. Medical appointments will take first priority and rides to our Center for activities will be our second priority. As time goes on the destination options will increase.  Riders will be called the day before their appointment and asked a series of questions to determine if at that time they are able to take transportation the next day. The same procedure will apply when they are picked up as it will if they come to the Center. The driver will take their temperature with a touchless thermometer and ask them a series of questions. If they answer yes to any of the questions they will not be able to use our transportation. All riders and drivers will wear masks and only one rider will be permitted in the vehicle at one time unless the riders are from the same household. All riders will sit in the back seating area of the vehicle. Plexiglass barriers will be between the driver and the riders.  All vehicles will be disinfected between riders by the driver. Due to the increased cleaning/screening time and limit of riders in a vehicle at one time, transportation volume will be decreased. 

CONGREGATE MEALS:   Senior Nutrition will not be serving meals at our Center at this time.

COMMODITIES:  We will continue to distribute commodities and ask that you stay in your car and have room in your trunk for our volunteers to place your box.

OUTDOOR FITNESS ZONE & WALKING TRAIL: These facilities will continue to be open for your pleasure. Please remember to bring disinfecting wipes to clean off the equipment before you use it and always keep 6 feet social distance from other people.

LOAN CLOSET: If you need to check out or return a piece of loan equipment, please call the Center to make an appointment.

FOOT CLINIC:  If you need an appointment, please call the Center to schedule it.

Remember the success of our reopening depends on all of us following guidelines that have been developed for everyone’s safety. The focus will be on critical and limited programming which will be based on activities that allow for maintaining safe physical distancing requirements and do not involve common or shared touch-points. Scheduling during this time will be important to accommodate member flow, contact tracing requirements and manage time for additional cleaning. As guidelines from the CDC and County Health Department allow and programming becomes more manageable the schedule and protocols will be adjusted for more activities. Please be aware that people with underlying medical conditions seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from the COVID-19 illness. Please do a self-assessment of your personal risk before participating in any activity at our Senior Center

If you have any questions please speak with a staff member, volunteer or email our Director at directorsjlsc@comcast.net.

ALL GUIDELINES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME

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