White River Health System (WRHS) announced changes to Sharp County Senior Life Center operations effective August 1. Senior Life Centers in northern Sharp County will be consolidated to the Cherokee Village Center.
“The consolidation of operations provides savings needed to maintain our level of service to our Sharp county clients,” said Kevin Spears, White River Health System Vice President.
Clients of the Ash Flat and Hardy Senior Life Centers may choose curbside pick-up at the Cherokee Village Center or register for weekly home-delivered meals. The Cherokee Senior Life Center is located at # 2 Santee Drive. There are no changes for clients currently receiving weekly home-delivered meals.
Senior Life Center dining room and social programs are suspended due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. When Senior Life Centers re-open, transportation services to the Cherokee Village Center will be offered to Ash Flat and Hardy clients. Friday social activities will resume for residents of southern Sharp County in Cave City.
“Our staff is working to serve seniors within the limits created by COVID-19, said Spears. “In addition to curbside pick-up and home-delivered meals, our team talks with clients during wellness calls. These calls foster a sense of community with our Seniors and give clients an opportunity to ask for help if needed until the Centers can be reopened for social activities and wellness programs.”
White River Health System manages Senior Life Centers in Independence, Izard, Sharp, and Stone counties on behalf of White River Area Agency on Aging. The Older American Act of 1965 created Senior Life Centers to improve the quality of life for adults over age 60.