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What it means here: Extended services for seniors, mask donation request

Extended services for seniors during COVID-19 uncertainties

“It is vital that our most vulnerable, including seniors are protected during this pandemic,” Senator Gene Yaw said in a press release. “We should waste no time ensuring that programs are in place and services remain accessible for our older Pennsylvanians.”

Different steps have been taking to increase the protection of seniors throughout the state to reduce the spread of COVID-19 or Coronavirus as well as making programs, medication and care more accessible during this time.

The release added that the deadline for older and disabled citizens Property Tax Rent Rebate Program has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31. The program will provide rebates of up to $975 for those who are eligible and over the age of 65, widows and widowers aged 50 and older and those who are disabled and the age of 18 and older.

STEP, Inc. is continuing to provide seniors with life-sustaining trips including those to medical appointments, grocery shopping and other transportation work according to the release. Though the Center for Healthy Aging is closed, the Meals on Wheels program will continue to be delivered with precautions to protect those who are more high-risk at this time.

The state’s Department of Aging also is helping by providing guidance to older adult day centers, protective services and senior centers to meet the needs of older adults, keeping mitigation measures in effect until further notice according to the release.

The department is also making steps in the PACE prescription assistance program by relaxing certain restrictions the release said. The restrictions typically require a person to use 75 percent of their medication before filing for a refill have been relaxed, allowing those who are enrolled in the program to file and receive an exception during this time.

In addition to that, all of those who are enrolled should be receiving free home delivery of their medications.

Chamber requests N-95 mask donations to healthcare community

The Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce in partnership with West Branch Builders Association, is requesting donations from those in different building trades to donate their N-95 masks to those who are working in the health care community according to a press release.

Hope Enterprises is the most immediate request–they need 50 masks to have “on hand for those they have in residence” the release said.

“If you are in the position to donate these, we will arrange to get whatever you can provide to the cause, even if it is just one mask,” the release stated.

For those who can donate their masks, they can contact Jason Fink, president and CEO, at jfink@williamsport.org or Carroll Pawlikowski at Carroll@westbranchbuilders.org.

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