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Information about the Senior Center closing due to the coronavirus

Thursday, March 26, 2020

From our April newsletter (Brief Issue):

The Coronavirus has upended our world for a period of time. I offer your reassurance the Senior Center is continually adapting to changes to be able to safely provide essential meals and supportive services.  Providing nutrition for seniors is considered essential services and we have an amazing staff dedicated to support you.

MEALS ON WHEELS

  • Service continues until conditions change except we ask you to MAIL your donation.
  • Your delivery times may vary.  Make sure you are home between 9am-3pm.
  • Possible changes if Carson City has community spread:
    • DOOR DROP: Your driver will leave the meal outside at your front door.  We will not enter your home.  If you have hardship getting to your front door, ask a neighbor or friend to help or consider getting frozen meals for 7 days.
    • 7 DAY FROZEN MEALS: Your driver will deliver 7 days of frozen meals.
    • EXTENDED SHELF-STABLE MEALS: a multi-day meal pack for an extended closure.

DRIVE-THRU LUNCH

  • Service continues, Monday thru Friday, 11am-12pm until conditions change.
  • Possible changes if Carson City has community spread:
    • 7 DAY FROZEN MEALS: 7 days of frozen meals and service would only be available once a week.
    • EXTENDED SHELF-STABLE MEALS: a multi-day meal pack for an extended closure.
    • Limited supply available - prepare with extra groceries and have a plan in place.

CASE MANAGEMENT

  • Phone consultations are available Monday thru Friday by calling (775) 883-0703.

Our services could change at any time.  Please stock up on shelf-stable and frozen pantry items in case the Senior Center has an extended closure.  Follow the CDC guidelines on social distancing of staying 6 feet apart, stay home (especially when you are sick) and wash your hands thoroughly and often.  If you have a hardship, please call the Senior Center at (775) 883-0703 for assistance.

We are here for you! We are in this together and will pull through this together.  Be prepared in case conditions change.

My best,

Courtney Warner, Executive Director

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

On March 17, 2020, Governor Steve Sisolak announced the closing of non-essential business in the state of Nevada in order to disrupt the spread of COVID-19 for the next 30 days.  Meals on Wheels and our drive-thru meal service described above, are deemed essential services and will remain in operation because of the hundreds of older adult clients that rely on us for meals.
 
The Carson City Senior Center is closely monitorying the latest COVID-19 developments and is coordinating with Carson City Health & Human Services and Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division to ensure that emergency operation protocols are in place and that deliver of meals to older adults who rely on our services is not interupted. 
 
By necessity, the Carson City Senior Center's number one priority is the safety of its staff and of the hundreds of clients we serve. Our Meals on Wheels recipients struggle with underlying medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease and compromised immune systems.  This makes them particularly vulnerable to any number of diseases, including this strain of novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. 
 
Because our clients are primarily homebound and many live alone, we are working with all due effort to ensure that we protect them from exposure and that they receive regular communications from us so they know they can count on receiving their meals from us.  

How can you help?

Feel compelled to help? Here's a list of what we need.  Please call us at 775-887-0703 to arrange a time to drop off any donations.
 
• Toilet paper
• Paper towels
• Facial tissues (Kleenex)
• Bar Soap
• Hand sanitizer
• Canned and shelf-stable food (pop-top preferred)
• Peanut butter
• Jam
• Breakfast bars like Nutrigrain or Fig bars
• Single serving fruit cups (applesauce, peaches, etc)
• Shelf stable Juice (V-8, Prune, Apple, etc)
• Briefs (pull-ups) (size M and L most demand)
• Hygiene products
• Treats to deliver with our meals (store-bought or commercially produced)
• Treats for our Meals on Wheels drivers, Kitchen Staff, Case Managers and support staff
• Join our volunteer list if we have a need, you will be called
 
If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or concerns, please Contact Us!

MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020

Due to the continuing health and safety concerns surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Carson City Senior Center is closing the Senior Center to the public.
 
All activities, programs and meeting areas are closed to the public and will resume on or after April 6 or when the State Medical Officer evaluates the public health risk and determines it is safe to resume normal operations. 
 
Congregate (on-site) lunch will be available by drive-thru, Monday – Friday, 11-12pm, for seniors age 60 and over at the Senior Center main entrance, 911 Beverly Drive. 
 
Meals on Wheels will operate as normal. Case Management will be available by phone appointments. 
 
If you are a senior in need of services, please contact with Senior Center at (775) 883-0703. 

About the Carson City Senior Center

The mission of the Carson City Senior Center is to enhance the quality of life and independence of seniors. Through congregate dining and Meals on Wheels, the Carson City Senior Center serves hundreds of local seniors. The Center also provides health and fitness education and activities, craft and hobby groups, card and board games and many other services including help with prescriptions, durable medical equipment, tax preparation and many others.
 
Media Contacts:
Carson City Senior Center
Courtney Warner, Director
(775) 883-0703