At Homage, we take the health and safety of our staff and community very seriously. We serve over 25,000 older adults and people with disabilities each year who are susceptible to this disease. In addition, 35% of Homage’s staff are over the age of 60 and are also at risk. In response to the Snohomish County Health Collaborative’s press conference on March 13, 2020, we are following the recommendations to help prevent the spread of coronavirus by implementing these practices:
- In order to reduce the spread of disease among staff, we have implemented a telework protocol for non-essential staff. Our offices closed to the public on March 9, 2020 and will reopen when we know that it is safe to reassemble. We are maintaining business operations by phone to serve our clients. If you or a loved one are in need of services, please call 425-513-1900.
- The Center for Healthy Living will be closed until further notice. Takeout lunches and frozen meals are available for clients between the hours of 11a- 12p.
- Meals on Wheels will continue to operate on usual routes and clients have also been supplied with emergency/shelf stable meals for five days. Our drivers will only enter a home if the client has limited mobility. Drivers will wear masks and gloves if they must enter the home. Deliveries will be left at the door once communication is made with the client. Transportation Assistance Program drivers are being re-positioned to help deliver meals to such a high volume of seniors.
- Our Senior Dining Programs are providing sack lunches and frozen meals seniors whose senior centers have closed. Please check with your local senior center for more information.
- The Mardi Gras Gala Auction has been rescheduled for October 16, 2020. If you had you been planning to make a gift to Homage at the event and still wish to do so at this time, consider making a donation online at www.homage.org/giving.
- Our Dial-A-Ride Transportation (DART) and Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) buses are operating as usual. Due to a reduced number of travelers, most routes will include only essential and medical appointments. Our bus cleaning schedule has increased to twice daily and all high touch areas will be wiped down with disinfectant several times per day.
- Minor Home Repair is operating as usual, but not accepting walk-ins at our Lynnwood Office. We are entering homes for emergencies only. Our staff will wear masks and gloves and will not enter if anyone is or has been ill.
- Volunteers have been released until further notice.
- Our building is cleaned daily with high touch areas such as door knobs and handles wiped down throughout the day. We have purchased several disinfectant foggers to sanitize our 67,000 square foot building.
We will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate measures and precautions to protect the health of our clients, staff, volunteers, and supporters in accordance with guidance provided by the health authorities listed below. Please contact these agencies for more updated information