NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The New Hanover County Senior Resource Center will reopen on Monday, April 12 to participants after more than a year of being closed due to COVID-19. The center will follow all current CDC, state, and local guidelines in reopening, with participant safety as the highest priority.
“As COVID-19 numbers continue to go down and vaccinations increase, the Senior Resource Center is ready to open its doors again to our participants for in-person activities and programs, with precautions and capacity limits in place,” said Senior Resource Director Amber Smith. “We have missed seeing residents in our halls and we know that social isolation has been detrimental to so many – so this is an important step toward our commitment to help older adults stay safe, healthy and secure.”
Approximately 74% of residents who are 65-74 years old and 78% of residents who are 75 and older have been at least partially vaccinated.
Beginning April 12, the Senior Resource Center will operate Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with the following safety procedures:
Safety Measures will also be in place, including:
Castle Hayne Satellite Site – Reopens April 19
The Senior Resource Center’s satellite site, located at 4544 Parmele Rd in Castle Hayne, will open Monday, April 19, a week after the main center opens. It will follow the same requirements listed above, with appointments, limited capacity, and safety precautions. In person dining and programs will operate Monday-Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. once it reopens. Drive–thru meals will be available Monday-Friday, noon-1 p.m.
Social Work Services
The Senior Resource Center has social workers who can help older adults with any information, resources, and assistance they need. Appointments are not required to meet with a social worker, but residents can call 910-798-6400 to learn more or to speak to someone over the phone.
“We are committed to serve our older adults, and have been throughout COVID-19 with our enhanced virtual programming, drive-thru meals, and so much more,” said Smith. “In-person services will take time to get back to a more normal routine, but we are excited to offer this option for reopening. And we will also continue our focus on virtual outreach efforts and programming, as well as drive-thru meals, for those who aren’t ready to come back in person yet.”
A reopening fact sheet with more in-depth information can be found here.