Township Updates for November 16, 2020
Oak Park Township Updates - Effective November 16, 2020
Services and Programs Continue; Transportation for Dialysis Available for Older Adults
Oak Park Township is currently still closed to the public, and most of our staff are working remotely. Please call us at 708-383-8005 for telephone or telehealth appointments. We continue to provide nutrition services for older adults with home delivery and drive-through meal pick-up. Transportation to dialysis or medical appointments may be reserved by calling 708-383-4806. Appointments for our Money Management Program and Adult Protective Services may be set up by calling Senior Services at 708-383-8060.
Telephone and Telehealth Appointments Available
Youth Services, Senior Services and General Assistance appointments are still available either virtually or over the phone. For further assistance with Township services, please call the Administrative offices at 708-383-8005, Senior Services Center at 708-383-8060, Senior Services Transportation at 708-383-4806, Youth Services at 708-445-2727 or the Community Mental Health Board at 708-358-8855.
Home Delivered Meals, “Take Out” Meal Distribution and Medicare Counseling
Older adults who have requested meals are receiving them every other week in the form of frozen nutritionally balanced meals. We are also providing “take out” lunches to older adults to pick up at our Senior Services building. We are limiting face-to-face contact with others out of health concerns for everyone. During the rest of November, meal distribution will be November 20th, 23rd and 24th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Suggested donation is $1.00 per meal. We will also have a Medicare specialist available on Wednesdays and Fridays; please call 708-613-1112 to register. For detailed guidelines, please see our Senior Services webpage at https://oakparktownship.org/senior-services/ or call 708-383-8060.
Limited In-Person Services
Limited services, like notarizing documents, RTA applications, and medical equipment lending are being done in our 105 S. Oak Park Avenue parking lot, with social distancing guidelines in place. When the local levels of infection stabilize at a lower rate, we will begin finalizing Visitor Protocols.
Planning Visitor Protocols
When the Township receives guidance that we can safely reopen to the general public, plans are in place to ensure the health and safety of visitors to our buildings. Please click here for our Workplace Safety Plan.
Holiday Gathering Guidance
The Illinois Department of Health has issued guidelines to help individuals and families plan safe gatherings during the holiday season. Please visit https://allin.illinois.gov/ for “12 Ways to Holiday Safely”, tips on shopping locally, videos and other resources. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s website with information on planning safe Thanksgiving celebrations is at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html
Partnerships and Monitoring
We have worked diligently with our partners from the Villages of Oak Park and River Forest, local public health departments, AgeOptions, and the Illinois Department on Aging to ensure continuity of service during this time and offer additional information and supports when necessary. We continue to monitor developments of COVID-19 and develop internal preparedness plans which are being implemented to provide for continued assistance to residents in the community during this unprecedented time.
As the state adjusts guidelines, the Township is keeping in mind the needs of the populations we serve and the guidance from the state and federal agencies, local authorities and our funders to ensure the health and safety of staff, volunteers, and clients. We will gradually allow the public to access services in-person. To find a COVID-19 testing site near you, please visit https://www.test-illinois.com/.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.