The Randolph County Senior Center is a valuable asset to seniors in the county who are seeking recreation, health care services and in-home assistance.
A total of 122 full- and part-time employees and a host of volunteers offer all manner of services to seniors in the county. The main branch in Elkins is one of three locations - the two others are in Mill Creek and Harman.
Nancy Messer, who works as the fiscal officer administrative assistant in Elkins, provided further information about what takes place at the Senior Center.
The Randolph County Senior Center is a valuable asset to seniors in the county who are seeking recreation, health care services and in-home assistance. (The Inter-Mountain photo by Casey Houser)
She first mentioned the large number of recreational programs her fellow staff members offer.
Aerobics, Tai Chi, cards, knitting and billiards are a few of the activities available to seniors every day or multiple times each week. Lunch also is served each day to anyone who wants to attend.
Extended events like day trips and weeklong vacations often are scheduled in addition to daily activities.
Day trips include dinners at places like the Pink Moon Coffee House in Weston. Visits to the Meadowbrook Mall, and other shopping centers, are also a regular occurance.
A trip to the Pacific Northwest and California will take place this summer, and Senior Center members can attend a trip to Italy in the fall.
"Those events are well-attended," Messer said, noting that an average of 20 to 40 people usually are present.
In-home services also are available for members.
Lunches are delivered each day from the Elkins location to people living in Elkins Manor, and more advanced services are provided for people living in other areas who are unable to leave their homes.
Care providers from the Senior Center can offer personal care, such as grooming, bathing and dressing; mobility care, like transferring a senior in and out of bed; nutrition care, like meal preparation and assistance with eating; and environmental care, such as housecleaning and laundry.
"We take care of people in their homes to keep them from needing to go to a nursing home," Messer said.
Health care is also provided at the Elkins Center, where Messer said there are two full-time nurses and several nursing volunteers.
A monthly Senior Center newsletter is available for members, as well.
It provides the lunch menu for the month, van schedules, trip updates and reminders and columns from activities directors and Senior Center officials.