Rosie Blankenship

Rosie Blankenship, director of Imperial County Area Agency on Aging.

EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Area Agency on Aging (AAA), working in conjunction with state and local officials put in place a plan to help keep Valley seniors, employees, and the community healthy and informed, as the coronavirus impact progresses.

In order to comply with federal, state, and local guidelines and reduce the risk to senior participants, AAA announced it has closed all senior nutrition congregate sites for dining until further notice, according to a recent release from the AAA. 

Participants will start receiving meals at their home address this week, the release said. Deliveries will be staggered throughout the week to be able to serve all clients. AAA said it hopes to transition to home deliveries with few setbacks to meet its goal to make sure seniors receive their daily meal, which is essential to their health and well-being.

Seniors, age 60 or more, interested in signing up for the program, are asked to contact Catholic Charities, the Senior Nutrition Provider, to sign up at (760) 353-2748. In-home delivered meal services will continue as scheduled.

The Imperial County Public Administrator and Area Agency on Aging offices remain closed to the public, call (442) 265-7000 to schedule an appointment.  If you are a senior needing assistance with food or other basic supplies, please contact the Area Agency on Aging office at (442) 265-7030 to make an appointment or schedule a delivery. Due to the influx of calls the agency are currently experiencing, leave a clear message with your name and phone number. All calls received will be returned within one business day. The Agency’s office hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Friday, according to the release.

According to the release, the Imperial County Area Agency on Aging offers a variety of services for seniors, age 60 or older, throughout the Imperial Valley. Services include congregate meals, transportation to designated congregate sites, home delivered meals, respite care, legal advice, and much more. If you need additional information regarding any of the services provided by the agency or additional information on what is being done to comply with COVID-19 guidelines, please call the office at (442) 265-7030 or toll-free at 1-800-510-2020. More information is available on its website www.aaa24.org. For a crisis or additional stress related to the current situation, please contact the local Imperial County Behavioral Health Access line at 1-800-817-5292 or (442) 265-1525.

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