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Updated 6/30/20

OXFORD AREA SENIOR CENTER
will be closed
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Chester County is now in the Green Phase as of June 26, 2020
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At this time we do not know when we will reopen

Due to the COVID 19 Coronavirus concerns,
federal, state and county declarations,
and concerns for our senior residents,
ALL congregate lunches, programs, AARP tax appointments,
exercise classes, and evening community group meetings
have been cancelled until further notice.

For updates visit our website at
www.oxfordseniors.org,
Facebook page
or call (610) 932-5244

Please Be Safe!!


Please visit our COVID-19 Update page for more information

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OXFORD AREA SENIOR CENTER COVID-19 CLOSURE

UPDATES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update 8/1/20

Executive Director's Week Message

I’m excited to announce a new meal program developed
by the Chester County Department of Aging

Weekly Cold and Frozen Meals available thru
The Chester County Department of Aging

Each week a combination of cold and frozen meals will be available to individuals, who prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, were taking part in the congregate noontime meal program offered by the Chester County Department of Aging . New individuals may also participate as long as they provide us with necessary information required by the Department of Aging.

Each week a meal participant is eligible to receive 2 cold meals and 3 frozen meals.  These meals are delivered to us every Tuesday and Thursday and available for pick up between 10am and 12pm on those days.

The cold lunch is a box lunch including a sandwich, cold vegetable or vegetable salad, and fruit. The frozen meal is similar to frozen meals you see in the grocery store. I’ve tried both and they are nutritious, tasty, and well-balanced meals.

The delivery we receive on Tuesday consist of one cold meal and one frozen meal, and one quart of milk for each participant who placed an order for meals that week. The Thursday delivery consists of one cold meal and two frozen meals also for each participant who had requested meals that week That’s a total of 5 meals each week that can be provided.

August’s meal menu, click here

Following the previously established congregate meal program donation procedures, if a meal participant would like to make a donation toward the cost of the meal, donations will be accepted. 

Our weekly meal order is due to the Department of Aging by noon of Tuesday for the following week.

If you have any questions about the meals or procedure ordering them, please feel free to contact me. Since we are closed for activities, call the senior center (610-932-5244) and leave a message on my voice mail box or email me directly at jdmcleod@oxfordseniors.org.


Update 6/30/20

Executive Director's Week 15 Update

As we look forward, we are developing plans to re-open, including guidelines, restrictions, and protocols for the Chester County Department of Aging to consider. These plans will not include our normal congregate noontime lunches but will hopefully include some type of daily “grab and go” lunches that you can pick up and eat at home.

Due to guidelines established by the CDC and the PA Department of Health, we will be limited to the number of people allowed in our building at one time. Calling in to register just to come in will be a requirement. Getting temperature checks upon entering the building, wearing masks, and social distancing will be required! More to come in next month’s newsletter. We will make sure to keep you apprised of any new developments in our re-opening plans and guidelines.

AARP Taxes

The AARP Tax Preparation Volunteers will not be completing any more tax forms so we’re directing people to alternative sources to complete their filing.

Information & Referral

Sally is busy assisting by phone those who are in need of signing up for Medicare, Social Security, etc. If you need her assistance, call and leave a message at 610-932-5244, option #4. She will return your call. You can also email her at sarter@oxfordseniors.org.

Technology Help

Colleen is assisting those with tech issues. If you need her assistance, call and leave a message at 610-932-5244, option #5. She will return your call. You can also email her at caowens@oxfordseniors.org.


Update 6/2/20

AARP Taxes

We received an email from our AARP Income Tax Volunteer Supervisor alerting us that they will not be doing taxes at their sites for the rest of the year. Our staff is calling all previously scheduled income tax appointments to alert them and hopefully provide them with an alternative way to complete their tax preparation by July 15 which is the new tax filing deadline. If you had a tax appointment, you will receive a call.


Update 5/12/20

Food/Meals

If you are aware of anyone over the age of 60 who is in need of food, we can help. Due to the generosity of The Chester County Department of Aging, PA Department of Aging, Chester County Food Bank, and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), we have available Shelf-Stable meal boxes that contain non-perishable food items enough for 5 meals. These meal boxes are available weekly and can be picked up at the senior center, or delivered if necessary. If you know a senior who needs meals, please call the senior center at (610) 932-5244 and leave a message. We will contact you for more information.

ROVER

Thanks to Chester County officials, hours for rides in the mornings to grocery stores, doctor’s appointments and pharmacies have been extended, and available on Saturday mornings too! There is a limit of 3 seniors on a bus at one time! There is no additional cost!

AARP Taxes

We have not been informed by AARP if they will continue completing income tax preparation later this year. Even though the tax deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020, we advise you to look for someone else to complete your taxes in case they don’t. There are a few tax services around, Liberty, H & R Block to name a few, that will allow you to drop off your information, then pick up your completed tax forms when they have completed them.


Update 4/13/20

Wear a Mask

During a COVID-19 press briefing on 4/3/20, Governor Tom Wolf recommended that all Pennsylvanians wear a mask any time they leave their homes for life-sustaining reasons. As COVID-19 cases steadily rise in the state, Gov. Wolf stressed the need to intensify all measures to help stop the spread of the virus. Read more here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-calls-for-universal-masking/

Paying Utilities

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Chairman signed an emergency order prohibiting electric, natural gas, water, wastewater, telecommunication and steam utility terminations by utilities that are under the PUC’s jurisdiction. The moratorium will remain in place for as long as the Proclamation of Disaster, issued by Governor Tom Wolf related to the Coronavirus, is in effect. If you are struggling to pay your utility bills, contact your service provider for possible emergency assistance programs.


Update 3/31/20

Here is the latest on Senior Center Activities:

Gov. Wolf has expanded the closing of all Non-Essential business/organizations until April 30th

Chester County Seniors for food, supplies and prescriptions (also pet food)

      Shelf-stable meals are available from our lunch provider for those who need food. They would be delivered to our center for distribution. Each box includes 5 shelf-stable meals. If you need food, please call Jim at the center and leave a message. Messages are checked daily (610-932-5244).
       If you cannot shop for food, supplies or pickup your prescriptions during this COVID 19 stay at home mandate, please call Jim at the Senior Center. We can help with food delivery and prescription pick up.

ROVER RIDERS:

     Just to remind you that Rover continues to run grocery, pharmacy and medical trips if you need transportation. They have expanded hours (pickups as early as 5:00am for 6:00am arrival at a participating grocery store) and eliminating the increased Same Day Ride fees. 

  • If a senior calls requesting a ride for Grocery or Pharmacy trip, they are waving the increased fees and will transport the same day for the normal $1 Co-Pay to the Senior.
  • Their Call Center will be active at 5:00am every weekday taking reservations for Grocery/Pharmacy trips.

AARP Tax Preparation - All appointments are postponed.
We will contact you to reschedule when we have more information.

AARP Safe Driving Class
The class scheduled for Friday, April 24th has been CANCELLED

ALL afternoon and evening classes/workshops
CANCELLED

Our staff continues to work safely from home putting together contingency plans for re-opening to offer you the activities and programs you all have been missing, we ask you to: Check our telephone messages, website, and Facebook page to find out any changes in our opening status.


Additional Information

Federal and State Tax Deadline
Personal Income Tax Filing Deadline Extension – The IRS and PA Department Revenue announced the deadline for taxpayers to file their 2019 Federal and Pennsylvania personal income tax returns is extended to July 15, 2020. This means taxpayers will have an additional 90 days to file from the original deadline of April 15.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Application Deadline Extended to End of Year
Harrisburg, PA — In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the deadline for older adults and
Pennsylvania residents with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2019 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2020, the Department of Revenue announced 3/19/20.

Pennsylvania Primary Election Delay
The Pennsylvania Primary Election of April 28 has been changed to June 2.

PA Dept. of Health Updates
As always, stay directly informed on COVID-19 by visiting the Pennsylvania Department of Health's website, which is regularly updated. https://www.health.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx#

Emotional Support
Where people can turn if they need to talk: Emotional Listening Line at 800-932-4616. http://www.contacthelpline.org/emotional-listening-support


Update 3/20/20

Chester County Seniors

For food, supplies and prescriptions (also pet food)

During this COVID-19 stay-at-home mandated time, if you cannot shop for food,
supplies or pickup your prescriptions, please call the senior center (610-932-5244)
and leave a message. We check our messages daily. We can get someone to help you!

Please share with people who might need help.

 

Veterans Affairs

In case you are a veteran or know of one in need, please call 610-344-6375

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Application Deadline Extended to End of Year

Harrisburg, PA — In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the deadline for older adults and
Pennsylvania residents with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes
paid in 2019 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2020, the Department of Revenue announced 3/19/20.


 
     

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