Scottville Senior Center planning to resume in-center activities. 

April 9, 2021

Scottville Senior Center planning to resume in-center activities. 

SCOTTVILLE — The Scottville Area Senior Center (SASC), 140 S. Main St., is expected to resume in-center activities on Monday, May 3. The center’s county-wide in-home services and medical transportation program have been in operation for more than a month. 

“Now that our core external services to the county’s seniors are restored and expanding,” said Bill Kerans, SASC director, “we’re turning our attention to safely reopening our lunch program and other in-center activities. We plan to be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All center staff are fully vaccinated.”

Reservations are requested for lunch and activities, as there are capacity limits. For information and reservations, call the center at 231-757-4705. Masks covering both mouth and nose are required for all visitors.  Other safety precautions include hand sanitizing and washing, physical distancing and temperature checks.

“We are keeping a wary eye on the recent upswing in COVID cases in Michigan,” Kerans added. “We are hoping we don’t see a repeat of last fall’s surge of cases that forced us to close again soon after we reopened. It’s clear the pandemic is not over, but with the rise in vaccinations and guest cooperation with careful safety precautions, we’re hoping this time we’ll be able to stay open permanently.”

“Each day’s schedule will include activities that can be done individually and safely within the center’s pandemic guidelines,” said Mellissa Kisssell, activities coordinator for the center. “Special ‘lunch and learn’ presentations, crafts and other activities will also be scheduled. Other activities will be added over time.”

The following activities are planned for the first weeks of May:

Congregate lunches (reservations in advance, please) each weekday at 11:45 a.m.

  • Monday: open quilting, all day .
  • Tuesday: Sit & Be Fit, 10:30 a.m.; open pool, noon.
  • Wednesday: painting, 9 a.m.; ladies pool, 10 a.m. Creative crafts, fourth Wednesday, 2 p.m.
  • Thursday: Wii bowling, 10 a.m.; open pool, noon. Book club, second Thursday, 1 p.m.
  • Friday: Wii bowling, 10 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; open pool, noon.
  • Shuffleboard and golf putting also available.

Kerans said small group meetings at other hours will be considered for those agreeing to the center’s safety precautions, if center staff are available to coordinate use of the center and cleaning.

“The center’s homemaker and respite services and medical transportation (for those without other options for doctor visits) are operating smoothly and growing, thanks to increased vaccination for aides, drivers and clients,” said Dottie Reed, SASC services director.

She said potential new clients are being interviewed and will be added as capacity allows. Those interested in the services, which are offered to eligible seniors throughout Mason County, are invited to call the center to inquire (231-757-4705).

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