New Orders Effective May 4, 2021
Ohio’s adult day services centers and senior centers have been permitted to reopen congregate services since September 21, 2020, so long as all safety standards outlined in a state public health order were met. Previously combined into one order, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) issued separate amended orders for adult day services centers and senior centers to allow for streamlined guidance and industry-specific needs. The Third Amended Director's Order on the Opening of Older Adult Day Services Centers and Third Amended Director's Order on the Opening of Senior Centers became effective May 4, 2021 and are aligned with current CDC guidance. They include key information on center planning, participation requirements, and congregate activities and transportation. Center administrators are encouraged to read the documents in their entirety.
“We are pleased to see these critical services in communities across Ohio serving older Ohioans safely,” said Ursel J. McElroy, director of the Ohio Department of Aging. “With vaccine availability and additional support, we hope to see even more centers reopening their doors to join their colleagues who were able to get back to business last fall.”
State Support for Adult Day Services and Senior Centers
Education and Resources
Posters and other print materials are available to help reinforce prevention strategies throughout the centers. Visually appealing materials with instructions for maintaining physical distance, wearing masks, and monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms can be found at aging.ohio.gov.
The Department of Aging, in partnership with the Ohio Office of Budget and Management, will release nearly $4.9 million in provider relief payments in the next several weeks to centers who serve older Ohioans. This is in addition to the $4.8 million provided in December 2020 for pandemic cost recovery and safe operational expenses.
Vaccines and Testing
The Department of Aging’s Regional Rapid Response Assistance Program (R3AP), in partnership with select local organizations, will offer on-site vaccination clinics at adult day and senior center locations for staff and community members through June 30, 2021. Ongoing COVID-19 testing support is also available. Center administrators should call 1-855-R3AP-ODA or 1-855-732-7632 to schedule a vaccine clinic, request personal protective equipment, or inquire about free infection prevention and control consultations.