TAYLOR COUNTY—The senior population was one of the most effected by COVID-19, but the folks at the Taylor County Senior Citizens Center worked diligently to ensure their seniors received services throughout the pandemic.
And after being closed for nearly 16 months, the center is happy to announce that they have officially opened their doors once more.
“I think our seniors are getting so anxious to be back with everyone,” voiced Elissa Stewart, Taylor County Senior Citizens Center Executive Director. “It seems as if we are starting to get back to some sense of normal and things are finally looking up!”
The center held a soft opening on Tuesday, June 22, after Governor Jim Justice officially announced that the facilities that care for the states older population could once again open their doors and welcome their members back.
The Taylor County Senior Center first began offering noon time meals but asked that those who wished to dine in to please call in advance and let them know. The center also maintained social distancing, with increased space between the seats at each table, and offered hand sanitizers.
She said that every day, more and more individuals began coming to the center, something the staffers were thrilled to see.
To celebrate the exciting occasion, the senior center is welcoming community members to their official grand reopening. The event is slated for Tuesday, July 6, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
“We are inviting the whole county to come visit us and grab a bite to eat,” Stewart noted.
She said during the day, guests will be provided with punch, sweet delights prepared locally by T’s Tasty Treats, music by the Masons and lots of fun.
Precautions are still being taken to ensure that guests at the senior center stay as healthy as possible, something Stewart and the rest of the staff take very seriously.
“We are still doing our questions that the Centers for Disease Control recommends and carrying out temperature checks, because those are required,” she said. “We will still do some social distancing.”
“The precautions in place were just a small price to pay to get back together,” commented Stewart. “We were so excited to see everyone again!”
And while the center is fully operational, Stewart disclosed that they are still asking for individuals to make reservations for each of their programs, which are open to all Taylor County senior residents 60 years of age or older.
Transportation to and from the center is provided, and individuals may schedule a pickup by calling the center at 304-265-4555.
Those wishing to dine at the center are asked to please call by 9:00 a.m. the day before their visit, to ensure that an adequate amount of food is prepared.
“If you have not tried our lunches, we encourage you to do so,” Stewart disclosed. “We try to provide a healthy, tasty meal daily. We will have menus available for folks to see and schedule which days they would like to come.”
The center also offers fun and excitement through their BINGO days, and to help spread the fun around, the games will be played three times a week instead of just two. Stewart explained that because the days and times change, those interested will need to contact the center or pick up one of their monthly calendars.
Taylor County Senior Citizens Center will also begin offering bible study. Again, to learn more, individuals are asked to contact the center or check their calendar.
Transportation services will also resume in full force. In addition, trips to the mall and grocery store are still being planned.
The transportation service is provided as a donation-based trip. Those needing to pay via Medicaid can call Modivcare toll-free at 844-549-8353.
Stewart revealed that there will be new activities and events for seniors to enjoy added to the lineup within the next couple of months.
She also wanted to remind residents that the Flemington Nutrition Site has also reopened. Hot meals are served there Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week.
“They will also be hosting BINGO, but the dates and times have not been finalized. They, too, will be providing shopping trips three times a month,” Stewart shared. “For more information, individuals will need to contact Site Supervisor Donna McCauley at our phone number.”