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Elder Care Services takes extra precautions while serving meals on wheels

Posted at 5:29 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 17:29:21-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Elderly people are twice as likely to get sick from the coronavirus.

Elder Care Services is taking extra steps to make sure both their volunteers and the people they serve are safe.

Their organization is behind what is commonly known as Meals on Wheels. In some cases, this is the only hot meal or human interaction that seniors get in an entire day.

Every volunteer was given a guide on the new protocols. Anybody with symptoms is being sent home immediately.

Those are just some of the steps being taken as this virus continues to spread.

"We're working to combine the routes and see how we can limit the numbers if possible. So we'll be ready if there is a shutdown so we can make sure that even with a skeleton crew we can get the food out to the seniors," said Nicole Ballas, with Elder Care Services. "It's so important that we remain operational if at all possible. Because we do need to feed these seniors that we're serving."

In addition to the meals on wheels program, they're also limiting volunteers and visitors to their Elder Day Stay Center.