Council on Aging of MC Offers Food, Comfort and Care to Seniors During Crisis
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council on Aging of Martin County at the Kane Center has activated a coordinated effort to ensure the health and well-being of seniors in Martin County.
“These are unprecedented times,” said Karen Ripper, the Council on Aging’s President and CEO, “This organization has been caring for seniors for more than 45 years, thanks in large part to the support of our community. Now more than ever we lean on each other to help ensure the most vulnerable among us have what they need to be safe during this crisis.”
The following services are currently available for seniors and their families in Martin County:
Meals on Wheels and Kane Cuisine - To access home-delivered meals, call 772-223-7826 or 772-223-7825.
Emergency Food Pantry – The Emergency Food Pantry is stocked with non-perishable foods for those in need. Please call our Meal Services for information, 772-223-7826 or 772-223-7825.
24-Hour Hotline – Seniors in need, or their loved ones, can call the 24/7 hotline at 772-834-4236.
Case Manager Navigator – Case managers are still caring for their clients. The Case Manager Navigator is also available for assistance with accessing services and supplies. Call Jeanne at 772-223-7845 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Caregiver Counseling – Those caring for loved ones with dementia can access free caregiver counseling by calling Donna True, LCSW, at 772-223-7879.
Day Medical Center – The medical center is open. As many patients as possible are being seen via telemedicine. When necessary, patients are still being seen in the office, with additional safety precautions in place. The medical center can be reached at 772-223-7864 or online at www.daymedicalcenter.org.
The following programs and services are closed or postponed:
Adult Day Club – As of Wednesday, March 25, the Adult Day Club will be closed until further notice. Families are being contacted individually to set up a plan to ensure their loved ones have services in place to remain safe at home.
Community Center/Active Senior Programs - All active senior programming including fitness classes, Games & Groups, lectures, concerts, special events, classes and workshops are on hold until further notice.
For those interested in supporting the Council on Aging’s efforts to continue providing vital services for seniors, there are several ways to help.
The Council is in need of volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels. Call Curletha at 772-223-7829 for information.
Donations of non-perishable food items can be dropped at the Kane Center, 900 SE Salerno Road in Stuart, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Monetary donations are accepted online at www.kanecenter.org or via check (made out to Council on Aging of Martin County) sent to the Kane Center.
Stay up-to-date with program announcements at www.kanecenter.org and on Facebook.
Volunteers Diane Donnellan and Joyce Humbolt