Advice about cold weather changes
Please be advised that we have moved out of the former hospital building on Wilson Drive but unfortunately, we are not ready to move in to our new facility at this time. Our staff will temporarily be working from the former Instant Tax Service building located at 25 Willow Drive, West Union.
Also, the current numbers for our agency will be working but only for taking messages which will be retrieved at various times daily. Otherwise, we will utilize cell phone numbers for your convenience as follows: Main Agency, 937-779-7862; Secondary Agency, 937-779-7909; Homecare, 937-779-2081; Transportation, 937-779-7375; and H.C. Billing, 937-779-7373. We ask your continued patience as we will work very hard to accommodate the needs of our consumers. Thank you.
Do to our move, many activities normally held at the Senior Center will be temporarily on hold until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will resume activities and exercise programs as soon as we settle in at our new location.
With all the cold weather and bitter temperatures we have been having lately and potential snowfall during this winter season, we would like to remind our clients that in the event of severe weather the Adams County Senior Citizens transportation vehicle and/or our Home Care staff may not be able to get to your house. Please listen to C-103 radio for limited services, delays or closings.
Also, if you are scheduled for transportation or home care and for any reason your appointment has been changed, a friend or family member is going to take you or you will not be home for services, please give us a call so that our home care girls or our drivers will not make an unnecessary trip to your home. We really appreciate you working with us on this. I makes things work out better for all of us!
Dog Owners – don’t forget that dog tags are on sale through Jan. 31. Single tags are $10 and Kennel Tags are $50. There are requirements you need to prove in order to get Kennel tags. Also offered for single tags are a three-year tag for $30 or a lifetime tag for $100. After Jan. 31 you will have to pay a penalty, which will double the cost for either single or kennel tags. This applies to all dogs whether they are kept inside the house or outside. Tags are sold at the County Auditor’s office as well as other locations around the county. So, if you have a dog, get it tagged,
H.E.A.P. (Home Energy Assistance Program) season is here. This federally funded program is designed to help eligible Ohioans meet the cost of home heating this winter. Again, here at the Senior Center our emphasis is placed on reaching the elderly, 60+, homebound and/or disabled. We have applications and an Out-Reach Aide available to assist you for the State HEAP. If you need Emergency HEAP, please contact ABCAP at 1-800-233-7891. For more information call Teresa at 544-3979 and leave a message or you may call our temporary agency cell number at 937-779-7862. At this time, we will be unable to accommodate walk-ins. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Older people are especially vulnerable to hypothermia (below normal body temperature) after exposure to even mildly cold weather, according to studies at the National Institute on Aging. Indicators of low body temperature (96°F) include a slow, irregular heartbeat, slurred speech, very slow breathing, sluggishness and/or confusion. Any of these symptoms warrants emergency medical treatment. You can reduce your chances of accidental hypothermia by following these guidelines:
* Wear layers of warm clothing both indoors and out.
* Wear a hat, scarf, gloves and other cold-weather gear if you have to go outdoors.
* Stay warm at night. Dress warmly, wear socks and use enough blankets.
* Keep active and eat a balanced diet.
* Remember that alcohol, certain medications and some illnesses can affect the body’s ability to regulate temperature.
* If you live alone, be sure there is someone who will check on you during a cold spell. Be safe, not sorry!
Just a Thought: Ten ways to beat the “blues”? Go out and do something nice for someone else – then repeat nine more times.
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