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Council on Aging at the Kane Center Announces Phased Re-Opening Plans for Programs Suspended Due to COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the Council on Aging of Martin County at the Kane Center has continued to serve the community’s vulnerable seniors through home-delivered meals, primary medical care, free shopping assistance, telephone reassurance and counseling, in-home care, and much more. As Gov. Ron DeSantis rolls out his Safe, Smart, Step-by-Step Plan to reopen Florida, the Council has heeded the recommendation to encourage seniors to remain safer at home. Beginning Friday, June 5, Florida moved into Phase 2 of the plan, which lifts some of the recommended restrictions on socialization for seniors.

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Updated Monday, March 16. Most recent information is in red.

 

A Message from Karen Ripper, President and CEO

 

As you are likely aware, the Council on Aging of Martin County suspended all active senior programming at the Kane Center for the week of March 9 through 13 to give us time to put a screening process in place for flu and COVID-19 (coronavirus). We have already been able to implement this screening process for our adult day program and the Day Medical Center. These services are open, though the adult day program is now operating at a limited capacity, per the latest CDC guidelines. We are also still delivering Meals on Wheels and caring for our Care Management clients.

On March 11, under the direction of Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz issued an Emergency Order restricting visitation to nursing homes, assisted living facilities (ALFs), adult family-care homes, long-term care facilities and adult group homes. Though the Kane Center is not a residential facility, we will operate under the guidelines of this order because we provide services for the same cohort of the population through the adult day center, the Day Medical Center and Meals on Wheels. It is of the utmost importance that we exercise extreme caution for the foreseeable future to ensure our most vulnerable clients are still able to receive these essential services and not inadvertently be exposed to infection.

Beginning Monday, March 16, we will have a screening process in place for a very limited number of clients, visitors, volunteers and staff to access our Town Center and Langford Theater areas. All active senior programming including fitness classes, Games & Groups, lectures, concerts, special events, classes and workshops are on hold until further notice.

2020 Sage Award Nominees

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COUNCIL ON AGING ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR THE 5th ANNUAL SAGE AWARDS

The Council on Aging of Martin County at the Kane Center is proud to announce the nominees for the fifth annual Sage Awards, a singular event on the Treasure Coast which honors the wisdom and worth of seniors.

Nominated by members of the community, these outstanding individuals will be recognized for their remarkable achievements and contributions that have continued well into their senior years.  Nominees for the 2020 Sage Awards are Robert Benson, Lee Borellis, Dr. LaBarbara Chenault, Sue DeNike, Kevin Donahue, Pat Garrett, Rachelle “Rocky” Grady, Ann Jackson, Belinda Lowe, Dan Mackin, Eileen Morris, Richard Otten, Karlette Peck, Dorothy Scotto, Alice Shann, Claire Siefker, Ellyn Stevenson, Nancyann Taylor, LaVaughn Tilton and Sean M. Todd.

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