Seniors Serving Seniors
Shepherd’s Center of Annandale Springfield (COVID-19) Policy Update
|COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) Update|
To combat community spread of COVID-19 (Cornonavirus), the Shepherd’s Center of Annandale Springfield (SCAS) has CANCELLED:
– March 21st Lunch N’ Life
– April 23rd Lunch N’ Life
– April 30th Day Trip to Monticello
We will continue to monitor the spread of the virus to make decisions on future Lunch N’ Life events. We urge you to also monitor the virus by watching the news and checking the CDC website.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued a “stay-at-home” order Monday, March 30.
The stay-at-home order calls for residents to stay home except to obtain food and other essential services, obtain medical care, travel to and from work, take care of other persons or care for animals, visit a relative, travel to and from an educational institution, volunteer with a group providing charitable or social services, or exercise outdoors with social distancing. The order is in effect from Monday until June 10, unless changed or rescinded by another executive order.
The Shepherd’s Center is a non-profit, therefore we are in accordance with (h.) Volunteering with organizations that provide charitable or social services.
Our updated transportation guidance is:
– Urgent medical rides will be prioritized (chemotherapy, surgical procedures, acute rehabilitation services, dialysis, etc.) over routine appointments (dentist, primary care). Food bank and grocery will continue through the week and weekend.
– Drivers should not accompany clients into medical offices or facilities. Clients should be dropped and collected at the entrance only.
– Volunteer Drivers with any respiratory symptoms or those who are primary contacts of a COVID-19 infected individual should refrain from driving for 14 days.
– Clients with an respiratory symptoms or those who are primary contacts of a COVID-19 infected individual should refrain from requesting rides for 14 days.
When requesting transportation, please consider your health and the health of our volunteers. If you have a respiratory illness, please stay home and wait until you are well before requesting a ride. If you are in need of medical assistance contact your primary care provider. Take your temperature to find out if you have a fever. Keep hand sanitizer available at your door and ask the driver and visitors to use it.
When filling a ride request, please consider your health and the health of the SCAS rider. Wash your hands often with soap for 20 seconds, carry hand sanitizer with you and use it appropriately, greet people with a warm smile not a touch. If you have a respiratory illness, please stay home. Please call your rider to find out if everyone is well in the household before you depart for your ride. Make your decision to proceed with the ride or cancel as you see fit. We are so grateful for your work and our first commitment is to keep you and the community safe.
– Wash hands frequently (20 seconds)
– Keep drinking water, the virus likes a dry environment
– Avoid touching face
– Don’t share food or drinks
– If feeling feverish, with a cough or difficulty breathing, do not call 911. Call your primary care doctor for further symptom assessment and guidance on how to get tested if needed.
– If you are feeling sick, stay home.
Other facts about the virus:
WHO states this virus does not transmit as easily as the flu, meaning it is less likely to transmit before someone has symptoms. The death rate is higher than the flu, primarily impacting the elderly or those with compromised health or respiratory conditions. For most people, it feels like a bad cold.
The best thing you can do as a Senior is to limit your contact with people. Experts call this “social distancing.” Avoid crowds and travel. Stay close to home. In order to help you stay close to home, stockpile the supplies you know you’ll need (food, medicine, toilet paper) so you don’t have to go to a crowded store.
We are keeping up with the latest details of COVID-19 and will continue to monitor the current situation. If you have anyway questions, please call SCAS at 703-941-1419.
Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength.Betty Friedan
The Shepherd’s Center of Annandale Springfield (SCAS) was organized in 2004. We are one of 60 Shepherd’s Centers all over North America shaping a new image of aging. Shepherd’s Centers provide an opportunity for Seniors to be creative and productive throughout their later years. Participants discover that they are needed and valued as they continue to grow and find sources of meaning and personal joy. A pioneer in the field, Shepherd’s Center of Annandale Springfield offers endless possibilities to live life with meaning and purpose through educational programs, volunteer care giving services and social programs that build community connections for all. Lives have changed for the better as older adults are aging with dignity in the community.
SCAS 2020 Membership is Open!
Be a member of the Shepherd’s Center of Annandale Springfield to help support our programs. The programs are free for people 50 years of age and above: Transportation to medical facilities, food bank, grocery stores, banks and pharmacies. We also have Handy Helpers to assist with minor jobs around the house.
For minimal cost, you can also enjoy luncheons, day trips, adventure in learning courses, and special acitivities.
Please follow the link below for the 2020 Membership Form for more information.