Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Latest Update: March 31
We are closely monitoring the rapidly changing information about COVID-19 to determine necessary actions and extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our staff and everyone we serve.
PLOWS Council on Aging services continue and we are available at 708-361-0219.
To minimize health risk for clients, staff and the community, we are not conducting services in person and we are using alternate forms of contact such as phone and email. All events have been cancelled or postponed until further notice.
PLOWS Council on Aging is committed to providing quality human services to the community, focusing on the health and wellness of the most vulnerable populations.
As we continue delivering services, we are ensuring that staff and volunteers follow all health advisories as directed through resources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and the Illinois Department on Aging. In addition, we are maintaining ongoing communications with our community partners to ensure a collaborative approach to coordinated care.
We will continue to remain flexible and respond accordingly as the situation evolves and encourage you to visit this website for more information.
DELIVERED MEALS: PLOWS Council on Aging offers home-delivered meal services for eligible seniors in Palos, Lemont, Orland and Worth Townships. Qualified people, aged 60 years or over who are having difficulty preparing meals, unable to access groceries safely and/or have no other ways to receive nutritious meals, can receive a meal delivery.
Delivery procedures have been further refined for COVID-19 considerations. To cut the risk potential, drivers use hand sanitizer, wear gloves and take other precautions based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The meals are left outside the front door followed by a knock on the door or phone call. The driver returns to the vehicle and waits to see that the meals are picked up.
For more information about this program and other PLOWS services, call 708-361-0219.
Coronavirus: What Older Adults Need To Know
A new summary in The Journal of the American Medical Association highlights the concern of the Coronavirus and the impact it particularly has on older adults. Data about the coronavirus suggests people age 60+ years old are more vulnerable, especially those with underlying health conditions.
On March 9, 2020, PLOWS Council on Aging convened an important presentation and discussion led by Dr. Michael Ison, Professor, Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Organ Transplantation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Dr. Ison spoke to more than 250 professionals (in person and via video/web conference) from area hospitals, healthcare groups, community based organizations and municipalities about approaches and measures to consider now when preventing or preparing for a potential outbreak. He emphasized the need to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, the importance to develop an infectious disease outbreak response plan to protect employees, clients and visitors, and the need to remain flexible as this situation changes day-to-day. Special thanks to Dr. Ison and our event partners, the Coordinated Care Alliance, Illinois Health and Hospital Association and Moraine Valley Community College for collaborating with us so quickly to benefit others in the community.
Check out our YouTube page for a recording of the presentation:
Here is a copy of the slides in the presentation:
Stay Calm & Informed
AgeOptions, the Area Agency on Aging of suburban Cook County, has curated trusted resources and information about Coronavirus disease 2019 from the American Public Health Association, Administration for Community Living, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois Department of Public Health and World Health Organization.