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Elder Care Services facing increased need as hurricane season joins pandemic

Posted at 11:17 PM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 11:15:08-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The coronavirus continues to impact Tallahassee's most susceptible to the deadly virus, the people who, on the daily need more care than the average person.

Now some Tallahassee Elder Care facilities are in need of more resources and supplies to continue caring for our seniors.

For over 50 years Elder Care Services, Inc. has cared for seniors in Tallahassee. With COVID-19 changing the way they operate, they can use some help.

"There's a lot of need out there, we're doing everything we can to reach the seniors," said Nicole Ballas, the director of Fund Development at Elder Care Services.

Elder Care Services serves over 2,300 seniors a year, providing nutrition services, elder day-stay, along with other senior services.

They are still operational in the midst of the pandemic, but their supplies are running low.

"We're also seeing Increased food needs," Ballas said. "Toilet paper, various other material grade items are in high demand right now."

Their Meals on Wheels program is giving out 100 more meals a week than normal and upping the anti when it comes to checking in with seniors.

"We've ramped up our 'tele-phonery' assurance calls, making sure that we're staying connected with them some way, even virtually is important," said Jocelyn Fliger, the president and CEO of Elder Care Services.

Those calls add up to 800, weekly.

With hurricane season just days away there is another area where they could use donations.

"We started our fan drive," said Ballas. "We do have a wait list of seniors with fans so it's definitely a balancing act."

Though COVID-19 has brought challenges, they are still committed to their mission.

"Our goal is always to assist as many seniors that need us," Fliger said.

Elder Care welcomes any donations.

If you cannot give financially, you can give time by calling a senior who may be isolated or alone.

Elder Care Services also welcomes volunteers to help with deliveries.

To find out more on how to volunteer or donate o Elder Care Services, click here.