A Measure of Reassurance
Dear ACCA Friends,
I want you to know that ACCA is closely monitoring communications from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) so that we can stay on top of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We are determined to be a voice of calm and strength at this time of uncertainty. As a community-based agency that provides essential services, such as food, direct care and transportation to older adults and people who are medically fragile, ACCA is just as committed as ever to doing everything we can to support the safety and health of our clients, volunteers, staff and partners.
Now is the time that we ask you to put kindness and concern into practice. Join us in honoring our elders by taking steps to protect them and encouraging others to do so as well. Social distancing minimizes risks to your older adult and medically fragile neighbors and to you. As more and more seniors in our community choose to limit their activities outside of the home, I ask each of you to check in with them. Please offer to assist with any needs they may have or be a friendly reassurance that someone is thinking of them. I ask that you keep our thousands of older adult clients in your hearts, for just as we are facing uncertainty and concern, so too are they.
As part of this commitment to protect those we serve and all older adults in our community, ACCA has made the following changes to our regular operations:
-Our Center for Active Living program will suspend all activities including classes, trips and the congregate meal program for at least the next two weeks.
-Our Adult Day Health Program will continue to operate, but will restrict visitors to the buildings. All staff and clients will be screened before entering our Adult Day Health Centers in Athens and Winder.
-Because ACCA staff will continue to work directly with older adults, all non-essential visitors will be restricted from the ACCA campus.
Our Meals on Wheels program WILL continue to operate and will increase our level of service in order to provide meals to our clients who are unable to receive services on-site. In addition, we will be making weekly commodity deliveries to older adults in our community who are in need of food.
Our transportation program will continue to operate and provide essential trips to the grocery store, pharmacy and medical appointments for clients and older adults in our community.
If you have any questions or concerns, we are here for you. As always, it is our commitment to be the essential resource for older adults in our community. We are now, more than ever, determined to protect those among us who are the most vulnerable.