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May is Older Americans Month, a time when senior citizens are recognized across the nation for their contributions to their communities.

Older Americans Month raises awareness about elder abuse and neglect. It also highlights opportunities for community members to help support the area’s aging population.

Franklin County Area Agency on Aging is partnering with other organizations to offer services to support the community’s aging population.

Virtual Family Council

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, families, friends, and spouses of residents living in long-term care facilities may be struggling with the changes in protocol, rights and policies resulting from the pandemic.

The Pennsylvania Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman is launching a new statewide resource for families and friends with concerns about their loved one living in a long-term care facility.

On May 5th and May 19th, the Pennsylvania Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman hosts internet-based meetings of the new Virtual Family Council. Meetings will continue twice each month for the foreseeable future. Everyone is welcome to participate in any or all of these meetings. They can ask questions, share concerns, or just listen to learn and gather information. Meetings will begin with an informational segment and then be open for discussion.

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The Chamber Staff is always available to talk with you about how your business could greatly benefit from membership.

To obtain connection information for participation, email: [email protected]. In the subject line, please indicate: Virtual Family Council. Information is also available at our corresponding Facebook page: PA Long-Term Care Virtual Family Council.

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Adopt-A-Nursing Home

Nursing Homes in Franklin County are currently restricting visitors, family, and friends due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents must stay in their rooms for activities and meals. They have very limited socializing to protect their health and wellbeing. As a community, we can work together to help residents feel less alone.

Small acts of kindness go a long way: writing letters; sending greeting cards or pictures drawn by children; donations of craft supplies, solo games, coloring books, pencils, colored markers, small puzzles or puzzle books, word games. All those things are signs of caring — just to let long-term care residents know others are here for them.

Individuals or businesses wishing to be part of Adopt-A-Nursing Home in your community, contact Payton Mummert, Franklin County Ombudsman, at 717-977-2272.  

Volunteer or Donate

The Chambersburg Senior Activity Center at 600 Norland Avenue is taking donations of shelf stable food to support the senior population in Franklin County on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please place donations on the sidewalk at the senior center door then ring the doorbell to alert staff of the donations. Items most in demand are those which do not require the use of a stove and can be heated in the microwave. Ready-to-eat packaged meals are also needed.

Donation ideas include:

Cereal, shelf-stable milk, ready-to-eat meals, precooked rice and pasta bags, pre-packaged single serving tuna and chicken packs, nut butters, crackers, single-serve juice boxes, breakfast/protein bars, soups with pull-top lids (microwavable containers), instant potatoes, rice, quinoa, mac and cheese microwavable cups, microwavable vegetable cups, and fruit cups.

For information regarding becoming a volunteer, please contact the Franklin County Area Agency on Aging (FCAAA) at 717-263-2153 with questions.

Meal and Grocery Home Delivery

Homebound seniors with no family or in-home assistance may be eligible to receive five home-delivered meals per week.  Please contact the FCAAA at 717-263-2153 for an over-the-phone screening to determine program eligibility.

People in the higher risk category for COVID-19 with no one to help can contact FCAAA to locate volunteers to pick up and deliver groceries and pharmacy items to their homes. Contact the FCAAA at 717-263-2153 for more information.

Franklin County Area Agency on Aging thanks all of those who have and continue to support our area seniors.

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