Active Aging Inc. is still operating during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak but is making a few modifications to its programs and policies during the pandemic.

The agency is considered a life-sustaining organization and is able to remain operating. During the pandemic, Active Aging’s physical locations will remain closed to the public. The exception to this rule are blood drive operations undertaken by the Red Cross and Central Blood Bank, as it was announced the agency would take “special care” to sanitize the building before and after those events.

Active Aging employees are rotating days working in the office and days working at home in order to mitigate any possible spread of the virus. Calls to the agency will be picked up, and center staff and caregivers are reaching out to those the organization serves regularly.

Although the buildings are closed, Active Aging is offering drive-through meals at each of the agency’s centers. Anyone interested may call 336-1792 two days ahead to request a meal. The food will be provided in a to-go container.

“We are offering two meals on Mondays and Wednesdays for that day and the following day, with the option of a frozen meal for Friday,” the press release reads.

The agency’s home-delivered meals are functioning as usual but with a modification. Anyone who receives a home-delivered meal is asked, if able, to leave a cooler on their porch or just outside the door. The delivery drivers will contact the recipient to tell them they are putting the meals in the cooler.

For those without coolers, the delivery driver will call the recipient when they are in the driveway to let them know the meal will be outside the door in a few minutes. These steps are being undertaken to minimize contact between the delivery drivers and consumers, according to Active Aging.

Active Aging home care providers are operating without interruption as of the current moment. The agency is also still taking reports or abuse, neglect or exploitation and investigating when deemed appropriate by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

The agency is aware of scammers operating during the pandemic and asks the public to avoid giving out any personal information over the phone such as Social Security numbers or bank account information. Active Aging is updating its Facebook page daily with new scams as it learns of them.

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