The Cole Camp Senior Center has resumed indoor recreational and fitness opportunities and dining after more than a year of closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After a “soft opening” to work out glitches, the center is operating at reduced capacity, but welcoming adults 60 and older to dine indoors without masks, according to Janis Garren, Coordinator of the center at 206 E. Junge St. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.
Folks who need transportation to the center may call OATS 1-800-276-6287 to arrange a ride.
I couldn’t wait to see people again,” Garren said. “It had gotten awfully quiet, and I was so happy to see people and to know they are doing well.”
As people return to the Cole Camp center, they will notice a completely renovated building, as well as freshly cooked meals. Before, Cole Camp’s meals were brought in from Warsaw.
Such soft openings are set to occur throughout June in several senior centers as each of the coordinators tweaks safety protocols, said Deb Krieger, Regional Services Coordinator, who has overseen the Covid-19 response for Care Connection for Aging Services.
“We are trying to be as cautious as possible to assure that each center has the appropriate precautions in place,” Krieger said. “We are going to take it one center at a time and make sure we have the physical and human resources necessary to open the center.”
For now, the Cole Camp center still offers curbside pickup of meals for those who are not ready to dine in. Garren said people may call the center at 660-668-2352 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and pick up a meal by 11:30 a.m.
Center guests will notice fewer tables than before, as well as a request for social distancing when they are in line for their meals. While the mandatory use of masks and temperature taking have been halted, visitors, staff and volunteers still will be requested to answer health questions about COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.
All the usual activities will be allowed, including exercise classes five days a week, and bingo.
Benton County Care Manager Dee Locke will be at the Cole Camp Senior Center from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and can meet with people by appointment. Call 660-438-3300, Ext.3, for an appointment. Locke can connect older adults with benefits and answer a variety of questions on topics ranging from Medicare and property tax rebates to housing and family caregiving.
The center will update the website (goaging.org) and Facebook pages as it adds activities.
Staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks while clients are in the building. Home-delivered meal drivers will be required to wear masks, sanitize hands between clients, and stay socially distanced during the delivery of meals.
Care Connection Senior Centers will remain closed to the public until at least March 31, and perhaps into April or later – depending on directions from local, state and federal health officials concerning the COVID-19 Virus containment. We simply do not know at this time.
We have canceled all face-to-face center programming and activities until at least April 15.
However, we still are delivering meals to the homebound, adding regular center participants to the home-delivered meal routes, and arranging for curbside meal pickup at some locations. Some of our centers’ meals will be delivered frozen and less often so that we limit exposure of volunteer drivers and clients.
If you want to receive a home-delivered meal or want to arrange for meal pickup, call the nearest center. You must be 60 and older to receive meals. We will be offering one entrée option for now.
We always follow the U.S. National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe food handling practices. Also, our center staff members are concentrating on extra cleaning and sanitation measures during our closure to the public.
Our Coordinators, Head Cooks, Care Managers and other staff will be available by phone or by leaving a message during normal business hours. The Care Managers will be able to help you with information and assistance.
We are increasing our Telephone Reassurance Program to help keep in touch with participants – both the home-delivered meal recipients and folks who are used to being out and about but now are isolated in their homes. If you or someone you know would like a periodic phone call, please let us know. 1-800-748-7826 or email us at email@example.com.
Our website will contain agency news on the most recent steps we have taken to respond to the virus and the resulting closing of our centers to the public.
The federal government has recommended that older adults and people with health concerns stay at home as much as possible. We realize that you may be spending more time than usual alone, and we want to help pass the time in some productive ways.
The Care Connection Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/Care-Connection-for-Aging-Services, as well as the senior center Facebook pages will have posts that include brain teasers, fitness exercises you can do at home, and some interesting videos that might be useful now and later. Please like your center’s Facebook page as well as the Care Connection Facebook page to see those ideas. If you would like to be added to our weekly Care Connection News email post and other alerts as necessary, please call 1-800-748-7826 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any specific questions about the COVID-19 virus, please visit the cdc.gov website and health.mo.gov. Call the Missouri Novel Coronavirus information hotline at 1-877-435-8411 with questions you might have.
We remain committed to serving people 60 and older in whatever ways we can.
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For the September Fraud Fact, the Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol is sharing four tips from the National Council on Aging to protect you from scams.
First, hang up on government imposters. They may call claiming to be from the IRS, Social Security, or Medicare. The phone number on caller ID may match the toll-free number for the agencies. The caller claims your account is locked or they need information from you. They may threaten to arrest you if you don’t do what they say. Just hang up. If you don’t recognize the number, just do not answer the phone to begin with. And don’t return calls either.
Second, don’t accept offers of “free” medical equipment or tests. They may show up in the mail, on the phone, in the mall or elsewhere. While Medicare covers preventive services and durable medical equipment at no or low cost, there are rules on getting them. Start with your primary care doctor or trusted specialist – not someone selling a test or equipment. Suppliers of back braces or wheelchairs that market directly to consumers sometimes could use your personal Medicare information to bill Medicare for thousands of dollars.
Third, check your Medicare Summary Notice. Medicare sends an MSN to beneficiaries every three months. The MSN lists providers that billed Medicare on your behalf, what Medicare paid, and amounts you owe. Check your MSN regularly to identify any suspicious activity, such as a bill for equipment you didn’t receive or from a provider that you do not know.
Fourth, protect your identity. Make sure that you do not give away your date of birth, Social Security number, Medicare number or any other personal information unless you know for certain who you are dealing with and why they need it.
As always, report suspected Medicare fraud to the Missouri SMP at 1-888-515-6565.
This project was supported, in part by grant number 90MPPG0040, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.
Sharing directly from the Office of Inspector General of Social Security
The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning the public about a new variation of increasingly common government employee impersonation scams, this time involving the Social Security Advisory Board. The Advisory Board has reported that individuals are receiving scam phone calls displaying the board’s phone number on caller ID. The callers are reportedly attempting to obtain personal information, including Social Security numbers. If you receive this type of call, you should not engage with the caller or provide personal information or money in response to requests or threats.
These callers are employing tactics similar to impersonation schemes involving the IRS, SSA, and the SSA OIG. Inspector General Ennis advises that callers may use a variety of false scenarios or threats to obtain personal information or payments, often requested through gift cards or prepaid debit cards.
However, the Social Security Advisory Board typically does not contact the general public to request personal information over the phone. Moreover, government employees will never threaten you to obtain personal information or payments. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up.
“This caller-ID spoofing scheme has unfortunately evolved to include the Social Security Advisory Board, but it is the same type of scam, attempting to mislead people by using the trusted name of Social Security,” Inspector General Ennis said. “I encourage everyone to alert your family and friends about how common these scams are, and to be very cautious when speaking with unknown callers, even if you recognize the caller ID.”
Inspector General Ennis urges the public not to provide sensitive information over the phone or internet unless you are certain of who is receiving it. You should also never wire money or add money to a prepaid debit card to pay for any official government service.
If you receive a suspicious call, you may report that information online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report or by calling (800) 269-0271, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams: https://identitytheft.gov/ssa.