March 23, 2020
The mission of the Bay County Council on Aging is to provide services for the elderly of Bay County that will assist them to remain healthy and independent in their own homes and community. Our seniors are the members of the community who are most vulnerable to the threats posed by the coronavirus and we have been adjusting our services to provide extra protection to the seniors we serve. In order to continue to meet their needs while also offering the maximum protection of the elders we serve, we have had to make some very difficult decisions. We are committed to provide services and meals for all of our current clients in the safest way possible. To meet the requirements of social distancing and also provide meals for seniors, we have found it necessary to close all of our Meal Sites, however it is our commitment to assure that every senior depending on us for meals will continue to receive them. At a time like this their nutritional needs become primary and necessary to support their health and immune systems.
For the next two weeks, or longer if necessary, we will be providing “to-go” meals at the Coulliette Senior Center for all seniors who were registered at the Congregate Meal Sites and who would like to pick up a hot meal each day. Advanced sign up is required. For those who have no transportation, we are arranging delivery to their homes. We are appealing to the members of our community for additional volunteers who are willing to help us assure that none of our seniors go without meals during this very challenging time. In-Home Services, Respite Care, Low Income Home Energy Assistance and Medical Transportation along with other current services will continue as usual unless changes are mandated by the funding sources of the services or the State or Federal Government.
Our offices will remain open and our staff available to respond to the community and especially the needs of the elderly. We remain committed to our mission and to our elders.