Safe re-opening of the Meals on Wheels
Senior Services Facility
After a shut down to the general public amidst the beginning of the pandemic, Meals on Wheels closed our doors to the general public.
While we continued to home deliver meals, provide grab and go at our sites, and provide at home services, our facility and dining room were closed to the general public,
We were excited to re-open our doors and see you all again in June 2021.
Our primary goal is to ensure the health and safety of anyone coming into our facility.
The re-opening of the facility was done in accordance with the Ohio Department of Health’s guidance and will follow the orders issued by Governor Mike DeWine at the time.
We care about your health and safety. Staff will teach you about any new processes to follow.
What does this mean for you?
• The operation of the facility may be modified from time to time as the growth and spread of the pandemic eb and flows.
• 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.
• All staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a facemask when in the facility common areas. 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.
• Follow the guidance of staff. They have been trained to keep you safe.
What is different?
• 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.
• 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.
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)
In the News
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.