Mecosta, Osceola COAs restart some services for seniors

MECOSTA, OSCEOLA COUNTIES — With the stay-at-home executive order lifted and businesses across the state reopening, Mecosta County and Osceola County commissions on aging have been able to restart many services for seniors, even as congregated meals sites and activities remain on hold.

In addition to delivering food to seniors through Meals on Wheels and providing medical transportation, staff at the Mecosta County Commission On Aging and Activity Center have been connecting seniors with independent workers for services, such as lawn mowing.

Reopening to the public, however, has been postponed.

“We are one of the departments under furlough, so we will not be fully staffed until Aug. 1,” director Cynthia M. Mallory said. “Depending on the state, at that time we may open to the public at a limited capacity if required.”

As of June 1, Osceola County Commission on Aging switched from delivering frozen meals to seniors once a week back to delivering hot meals throughout the week and frozen meals for the weekend.

Home services, such as homemaking and personal care, have returned with staff following strict protocols designed to keep themselves and clients safe. Transportation services also have resumed.

As far as congregant meal sites, “we’re still waiting to receive the approval to open those sites up,” Osceola County COA director Justin Halladay said. “We don’t know when that will happen, but as soon as they do, we’re excited to get those back open again, of course under the same guidelines to keep our clients and staff safe.”

For more information about available service, call the Mecosta County Commission on Aging at 231-972-2884 or the Osceola County Commission on Aging at 231-734-5559.