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Neighborly’s Current Status Amid Coronavirus COVID-19

A Message from Neighborly’s Executive Director  

Being Neighborly, in part, means looking out for one another.  As a provider that serves meals and provides transportation to over 2,000 senior citizens in Pinellas County on a daily basis, Neighborly is making sure our clients receive vital services to help maintain their wellness and independence while we ensure safety measures to minimize any virus-related risks to our clients, volunteers and staff.

Unless directed by Federal or State funding sources, Neighborly plans to continue to provide critical transportation, adult day care services, home-delivered meals and senior dining throughout the county during this time of concern.  In the event we are directed to close some of our Senior Café’s, we will find alternative methods to still get meals to our diners.  We will continue to monitor the health of the people we work with as well as visitors to our sites.  If we all do our part, seniors need not fear dining with their friends, going to a doctor’s appointment or having a meal delivered by our volunteers.

Neighborly staff realizes the vulnerable nature of many of the older adults we serve and we take this virus just as seriously as any and all conditions throughout the year.  We look forward to continuing to serve our valuable older adults while we get through this uncertain time together.   David J. Lomaka, Executive Director 

Keeping Volunteers Informed
Please Note this Important Update for MOW Volunteers

As a response to the growing concern about the Coronavirus, COVID-19, DOEA has relaxed the client signature requirement. All MOW drivers can sign on behalf of the clients.
 
1.   Deliver meals as usual.
2.   Sign your name at the top of the route sheet next to the attestation. “My signature verifies that the clients listed received a meal as noted.”
3.   Write your initials next to the line “client signature”.
4.   For CCE/HCE/APS clients with a note that “Clients Must Sign Daily”, please make sure you make visual contact with the client or someone in the household.
5.   Sign your name and Date the Meal Delivery Ticket for each delivery to CCE/HCE/APS.
6.   The Site Coordinator will include the meal delivery ticket with your daily route sheet.
7.   Site Coordinators will check that the Meal Delivery Ticket is returned daily for each CCE/HCE/APS client.
 
As always, we thank you for your continued service to the seniors in Pinellas County!

Reminders to Volunteers: Maintain Good Hand Hygiene & Self Report to Sites if Unwell
 
The following information has been provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). While there are no vaccines available to protect against the Coronavirus, you may be able to reduce your risk of infection by doing the following:
 
·     Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
·     Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
·     Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
·     Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
·     If you have symptoms of illness, use these precautions and contact your doctor.
Stay home while you are sick (and please notify your site coordinator or site manager).

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