Safe re-opening of the Meals on Wheels
Senior Services Facility
Monday, June 14, 2021
We are excited to be getting close to re-opening our doors and seeing you all. We appreciate your patience with us.
Our primary goal is to ensure the health and safety of anyone coming into our facility.
Re-opening of the facility will be done in accordance with the Ohio Department of Health’s guidance and will follow the orders issued by Governor Mike DeWine.
The facility will re-open its doors to the general public on Monday, June 14 for a limited numbers of hours each weekday Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and by appointment.
We care about your health and safety. Staff will teach you about any new processes to follow.
What does this mean for you?
• The re-opening will be a phased approach based on the response to the pandemic as we move toward getting back to normal.
• Each phase of the reopening will be communicated to you.
• Congregate dining at the main site will be the first to open, followed by outdoor activities being offered, then moving to indoor activities being offered.
• Reservations will be required for activities, once they open, so we can manage the number of people in the activity area.
• Nutrition transportation is by reservation and will be offered with limited seating to allow for proper distancing on the bus. Riders must wear face masks, and will be assessed prior to entering the bus.
• While the meal service and nutrition transportation will re-open on June 14, activities, such as outdoor Bingo and crafts will re-convene August 1 if all goes well.
• Visitors, staff, and volunteers will abide by all rules and safety protocols to protect themselves and each other from exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
What are the rules?
• Please stay home if you are sick with flulike symptoms, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
• A membership application must be signed upon your first visit back to the facility.
• All visitors must sign in at the front desk using the computer.
• You must wear a face mask when you are in the facility. If you do not have a mask, we will provide one to you. Facemasks may be removed when eating.
• Only fully vaccinated members will be permitted to participate in activities without a mask.
• If you cannot wear a mask, due to a disability, dementia, or other medical condition, may be exempt from wearing a mask so long as they can demonstrate they are fully vaccinated. Otherwise, you will not be able to participate.
• All visitors and staff shall maintain safe distancing when in the facility.
• Handshakes, hugs, and fist bumps should be avoided.
• Hand washing and the use hand sanitizer should be done frequently.
• Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
• Make reservations for activities at least the day before by 3:00pm so that we can control the group sizes.
• Follow the guidance of staff. They have been trained to keep you safe.
What is different?
• Staff will be wearing masks in the facility regardless of vaccination status.
• Staff will not be inviting you to visit their work areas.
• Some areas of the facility will remain closed to the general public.
• Donations will be placed in donation box at the front desk.
• There will be no self- service in the dining room; staff will bring your food and drinks.
• Spacing of tables in dining room will assure safe distancing.
• You may sit in groups of 10 or less as long as each group remains 6 ft. apart.
• Floor markings will show safe distancing.
• No activities are planned for the first couple of weeks as we return to normal; outdoor activities will begin the first week of August, followed by indoor activities at a later date.
• Limited hours 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Protecting Each Other
Unvaccinated staff and participants who have been in direct contact with known or suspected COVID-19 exposure or exhibit signs or symptoms of COVID-19 shall contact their healthcare provider and quarantine as directed. It is suggested to submit to testing on or after the 5th day from the direct contact exposure or on the 5th day after developing symptoms.
• Contact your doctor or a local health care facility for testing and advice.
• Testing may be done through the use of an “at home test kit” which are available through the agency.
• Results of the test will be communicated to Meals on Wheels staff and the appropriate response will be taken including contact tracing and quarantine.
Vaccinated staff and participants in direct contact with a known or suspected COVID-19 exposure are not required to quarantine. If symptoms of COVID-19 develop, vaccinated people should stay home and contact their healthcare provider. It is suggested to submit to testing on the 5th day from the time their symptoms appear.
Staff and participants receiving a positive test result for COVID-19 shall quarantine as directed by the Center for Disease Control and follow their healthcare provider’s advice.
Protecting our Clients
• All current safety practices will remain in effect. This include safe delivery practices.
• Off-site congregate dining programs will follow the direction of the individual facility.
Where can I find information on closures?
• Posted on our front door
• On our Facebook page
• Congregate diners will receive a phone call
What options are available for meals?
• Home delivered
• Grab and Go
• Emergency Grocery Service as long as funding permits
• Emergency Meal Packs
(Board approved: 5/27/21)
Headlines alert us to the impact of the aging of America. The “silver tsunami” or "age wave" is already here as over 10,000 Baby Boomers reach the age of 65 every single day. One quarter of today’s 65-year-olds will live past the age of 90 and will experience many of their daily chores turning into insurmountable everyday challenges. These seniors already represent the fastest growing population segment in the U.S.
The Older American's Act (OAA) has been the primary piece of federal legislation supporting social and nutrition services of Americans age 60 and older since 1965.
OAA programs are vital for seniors who are at a significant risk of hunger, isolation, and losing their ability to live independently.
Title III of the OAA establishes a grant system to fund programs that address the unique needs of vulnerable seniors.
We urge you to contact your local representatives and ask them to support the dignity of our seniors by supporting full funding to the Older American's Act.