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We'll have two free downloadable coloring pages for you to choose from each week. Be sure to tag us in a Facebook post of your coloring page and use the hashtag #ColorMeRose. We'll select random photos each week to be featured on our Facebook page.
 

 

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Watch Some Football! Coloring Page

Do a Puzzle Coloring Page

Carve a Pumpkin Coloring Page

Dance! Coloring Page

Cook a New Dish Coloring Page

Bake Your Favorite Dessert Coloring Page

Dig in Your Garden Coloring Page

Create! Paint a Picture Coloring Page

Watch the Sunset Coloring Page

Snuggle with Pets Coloring Page

Listen to Music Coloring Page

Enjoy the Outdoors Coloring Page

Meditate of Practice Yoga Coloring Page

Take a Walk Coloring Page

Read a Book Coloring Page

  

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COVID-19 Response

(Current as of November 17, 2020, at 10:00 AM)

As COVID-19 cases rise in the state of Ohio, we continue to urge our staff and the people we serve to take all necessary precautions to contain the spread of the disease. 

As a reminder, here are some everyday preventive actions we can all take to keep ourselves and others safe:

  • Wash our hands often
  • Avoid close contact – put six feet of distance between ourselves and people who don’t live in our households
  • Cover our mouths and noses with a cloth face covering when around others
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Monitor our health daily: be alert for COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever or shortness of breath
  • Keep these items on hand and use them when venturing out: a cloth face covering, tissues, and hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • If possible, avoid others who are not wearing cloth face coverings or ask others around us to wear cloth face coverings.

Stay abreast of current CDC guidelines regarding safe practices, contact tracing and other information.

Caregiving Resources

We continue to add COVID-19-related content for caregivers to our Resource Library. A list of available articles can be found in the menu on the left.

WeCare…because you do

Holidays, COVID-19 and caregiving are not the best combination. For many, COVID has meant stress, anxiety and loneliness; these challenging emotions may become even more intense as families seek to navigate the holidays. WeCare…because you do℠, our family caregiver support program, is there to guide and support you. As always, assistance is provided virtually via telephone and email. These services are available at no cost for eligible Cuyahoga County residents thanks to generous funding through the Older Americans Act and for a small fee for all others.  

Rose Centers for Aging Well

Last month, the Ohio Department of Health released an Amended Director’s Order on the Opening of Adult Day Care Services and Senior Centers.

As we review the directives, we continue to closely monitor the pandemic locally to ensure the health and safety of our clients and staff. We are doing all we can to make sure that when our centers reopen, appropriate safety protocols are in place, all staff are properly trained on those protocols, and participants and families are provided with the information needed to make informed decisions about attending. 

Specific dates for re-opening our senior centers have not been determined at this time.
Updates will be shared with participants, through our social media pages and on this web page.


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(Current as of September 10, 2020, at 1:00 PM)

In his August 20 press conference, Governor Mike DeWine announced that adult day care centers and senior centers may begin re-opening September 21, if they meet certain safety standards outlined by the state.

In the meantime, we are doing all we can to make sure that when our Adult Day Program and Rose Centers for Aging Well senior centers reopen, appropriate safety protocols are in place, all staff are properly trained on those protocols, and participants and families are provided with the information needed to make informed decisions about attending. 

Specific dates for re-opening the Adult Day Program and Rose Centers have not been determined at this time.

Updates will be shared with participants, through our social media pages and on this web page. 


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(Current as of July 20, 2020, at 11:00 AM)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19. 

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. In general, the more people we interact with, the more closely we interact with them, and the longer we interact, the higher our risk of getting and spreading COVID-19.

We can all do our part to help stop the spread of the disease. 

At Benjamin Rose, we have established safety protocols for our buildings and for visits in homes. Facial coverings are required in our buildings and for all in-person interactions. We’ve installed plexiglass shields in our headquarters to facilitate group sessions and face-to-face counseling. Surfaces are frequently disinfected and signage is placed throughout the building to remind visitors and staff of safe practices.

Recently, we joined the city-wide CLEAN COMMITTED campaign, promising to adhere to the practices recommended to keep our staff, visitors and clients safe.

As a reminder, here are some everyday preventive actions we can all take to keep ourselves and others safe:

  • Wash our hands often
  • Avoid close contact – put six feet of distance between ourselves and people who don’t live in our households
  • Cover our mouths and noses with a cloth face covering when around others
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Monitor our health daily: be alert for COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever or shortness of breath
  • Keep these items on hand and use them when venturing out: a cloth face covering, tissues, and hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • If possible, avoid others who are not wearing cloth face coverings or ask others around us to wear cloth face coverings.

For more information on COVID-19 and older adults, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/older-adults.html

 
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(Current as of June 26, 2020, at 6:00 PM)

We continue to provide telehealth services and limited face-to-face counseling by appointment at our headquarters as outlined in the May 14th post below.

In-Home Visits for Behavioral Health
We now offer limited in-home visits for behavioral health services, with the following restrictions:

  • All appointments must be scheduled in advance.
  • Clients with an appointment will be contacted within 24-hours prior to the appointment to complete a brief screening questionnaire over the phone.
  • All in-person visits require both the staff member and the client (and any accompanying support persons) to wear a facial covering (non-medical mask). 
    • Benjamin Rose will provide a facial covering to any clients and support persons who do not have one. 
    • If the client or support person refuses, the visit will need to be conducted over the phone. If the client is upset, they may initiate a grievance at his/her discretion by contacting the Client Rights Officer at 216-791-8000.
  • The staff member will take precautions to sanitize their equipment prior to entering the home and will wear a facial covering (non-medical mask). 
  • The staff member will maintain a safe 6 ft distance at all times.
  • Staff members will also take the following precautions before entering the home:
    • Taking their temperature each day before going to work
    • Washing hands thoroughly before leaving for the in-home visit
    • Bringing the minimum necessary items to complete their job, such laptop, pens, notepad, facial covering, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, tissues and a garbage bag for disposable items 

VITA Tax Preparation
Our subsidiary ESOP is now providing curbside tax preparation assistance by appointment only at our headquarters. For more information or schedule an appointment, visit http://www.esop-cleveland.org/FinancialWellness/Income-Tax-Prep.html

Rose Centers for Aging Well

While Cleveland recreation centers will be reopening in July, the Rose Centers for Aging Well, including the center at the Gunning Park Recreation Center, remain closed until further notice.
We continue to provide home-delivered meals to center participants in lieu of congregate meals.
 

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(Current as of May 12 at 8:20 AM)

At Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, we continue to track the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation daily, offering standing guidance and regular updates to staff, clients, participants and residents. We will continue to make prudent choices to protect the health of our own community and the broader communities we belong to, while still providing essential services to our most vulnerable populations.

As the state of Ohio begins to reopen, we are working hard to navigate the best ways to contain the spread of COVID-19 and ensure employee and visitor safety.  

Telehealth and virtual services will continue to be offered where possible.  

Our headquarters and other locations remain closed to visitors except for a limited number of in-person services. Clients who receive financial and housing counseling through Benjamin Rose subsidiary Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP) and some behavioral health services may receive those services in-person at our headquarters location with the following restrictions:

  • All appointments must be scheduled in advance.
  • Only the client with an appointment may enter the building. Exceptions include: 
    • A caregiver who is legally authorized to make decisions for the client; 
    • A support person for an individual with developmental disabilities, physical disabilities/limitations or cognitive impairment who requires assistance; and 
    • A support person for a client who has delirium and/or dementia where the presence of the visitor is necessary to reduce the client’s delirium, reduce the risk of falls or other injury and otherwise reduce the risk of medical or clinical harm.
  • Visitors are required to wear a facial covering.  Facial coverings (non-medical masks) will be provided to client and visitors who do not have one.
  • Minor children are not permitted in Benjamin Rose locations. Children cannot be left unattended in vehicles on Benjamin Rose premises or Benjamin Rose parking lots. 

Most of our employees will continue to work remotely.  Employees who work onsite are required to wear facial coverings and follow safe work practices, including temperature taking, frequent handwashing and other precautions.

The following programs remain closed:

  • Adult Day Program
  • Rose Centers for Aging Well senior centers, including congregate meals
  • Senior Companion Program

Mental Health Day Treatment group therapy will continue to be delivered remotely through telehealth.

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(Current as of May 7, 2020 at 2:45 PM)

Updated resources have been added to the Fact Sheet box, including an updated FAQ about COVID-19 and current CDC guidelines and a revised Prevention flyer with tips for stopping the spread of the disease
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(Current as of April 30, 2020 at 12:00 PM)

Governor Mike DeWine’s daily briefing on Monday, April 27 included information on plans to “reopen” Ohio for businesses in May. Additional information on Responsible RestartOhio can be found at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/responsible-restart-ohio/ 

Senior centers and adult day programs continue to be closed under the Governor’s Stay At Home order.

As Ohio begins to reopen, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging is designing a comprehensive strategy on how we will revive critical programs and services as well as administrative and other operations at our headquarters. We are working hard to create a long-term phased reopening plan that will prioritize a safe environment for our staff, volunteers, clients, participants and visitors. 

In the meantime, we continue to restrict access to our buildings and to deliver programs and services remotely when possible. 

Additional information on programs, services and operations 

Headquarters
The Benjamin Rose headquarters remains closed until further notice. Staff continue to work remotely.

Rose Centers for Aging Well
All Rose Center sites remain closed until further notice. All individuals who participate in the congregate meal program at a Rose Center location continue to have the option to have meals delivered to their homes. There is no change in the service of our existing home-delivered meal program at this time.

Behavioral Health Services
Counseling, case management, psychotherapy services and Mental Health Day Treatment continue to be offered through telehealth.

Behavioral Health Services is also providing a weekly Managing the Challenges group remotely for clients who are struggling through this new environment.

Adult Day Program 
The Adult Day Program remains closed until further notice. Clients of the program receive regular telephone wellness checks and home meal delivery.

Margaret Wagner Apartments 
There is no change in service at this time. Entrance to the building is restricted to essential visitors, who must wear a face mask. The Community Room and Computer Room remain closed. Residents are encouraged to wear masks when they leave their apartments, to avoid congregating in hallways and to maintain proper social distancing.

Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People
Financial Counseling, Housing Counseling, LIFEPOP, Outreach and Benefits Assessments are being delivered remotely by telephone and email.  

Virtual sessions are being planned for Homebuyers’ Education Classes and Financial Education Workshops.

ESOP Realty showings and listings continue to be suspended until further notice. 

Senior Companion Program
The monthly in-service and site visits remain suspended. Face-to-face visits of volunteers have been converted to a wellness telephone call.
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(Current as of April 3, 2020 at 5:00 PM)

Mental Health Day Treatment groups are now being offered through telehealth. Behavioral Health Services is also providing a weekly Managing the Challenges group remotely for clients who are struggling through this new environment. Intake for Behavioral Health Services remains open. To access services, call (216) 791-8000 or email intake@benrose.org. 
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(Current as of April 1, 2020 at 8:30 AM)

NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE

We have added resources to the Fact Sheet box to help older adults stay active and engaged while staying at home during the pandemic.
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(Current as of March 27, 2020 at 2:30 PM) 

NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE

We have added resources to the Fact Sheet box to help older adults in the Cleveland area find grocery stores with special senior shopping hours and pharmacies that offer pick-up and delivery services.
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(Current as of March 25, 2020 at 11:30 AM) 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Benjamin Rose has responded quickly to change how we deliver services to older adults in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we urgently need your help to ensure that our older neighbors continue to receive vital services!

Critical volunteer opportunities include:

  • Wellness phone calls 
  • Delivery of groceries and other essentials 
  • Assistance with home-delivery of meals

Learn more and sign up to volunteer at www.benrose.org/volunteer. For questions, please call (216) 373-1691.

ROSE CENTERS MEAL DELIVERY

Beginning Monday, March 30, we will no longer offer meal pick up at the Rose Centers for Aging Well. All eligible participants will have frozen meals delivered on a weekly basis.

Participants who have questions about meal delivery should contact their center or email RCAW@benrose.org.
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(Current as of March 19, 2020 at 6:00 PM) 

The Gunning Park Recreation Center, which houses the Rose Center for Aging Well at Gunning Park, closed on March 17th. Any Rose Center participants who were scheduled to pick up meals at the Gunning center will now receive their meals through home delivery. Gunning participants with questions about meal delivery should  contact Abbey Carney at (216) 373-1735 or email RCAW@benrose.org.
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(Current as of March 17, 2020 at 10:30 AM)

Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging headquarters are currently closed to outside visitors until further notice. 

We are committed to continuing to provide essential services to the older adults we serve during this unexpected public health crisis impacting our most vulnerable populations. However, we have made adjustments to provide those services remotely whenever possible.

If you have questions or concerns, or need access to services, please call (216) 791-8000 or email info@benrose.org. 
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(Current as of March 16, 2020 at 3:00 PM)

Mental Health Day Treatment

Last week, we had restricted visitors, volunteers and students from our Mental Health Day Treatment Program to minimize potential exposure to participants. We had hoped to continue to provide this vital service to ensure continued therapeutic benefits to our clients. However, in light of urgent calls for social distancing and with the health and safety of our clients in mind, we have decided to temporarily close the Mental Health Day Treatment Program effective Tuesday, March 17th until further notice.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

ESOP has received direction from our partners in the Cuyahoga EITC Coalition that the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is temporarily suspended, effective immediately, and will resume operations as soon as it is deemed safe and responsible.
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(Current as of March 15, 2020 at 5:00 PM) 

At Benjamin Rose, we continue to track the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation daily, offering standing guidance and regular updates to staff, clients, participants and residents. We will continue that practice. However, with the disease now established in Ohio, we are intensifying our institutional response.

We need to make prudent choices to protect the health of our own community and the broader communities we belong to, while still providing essential services to our most vulnerable populations.

Programs and Services of Benjamin Rose and its subsidiaries are impacted as follows:   

Rose Centers for Aging Well

All Rose Center sites closed following congregate lunch on Friday, March 13th, and will remain closed until further notice. All individuals who participate in the congregate meal program at a Rose Center location will have the choice to pick up their meal at the Rose Center or have their meal delivered to their home. These arrangements must be made directly with the Rose Center the older adult attends. There will be no change in the service of our existing home-delivered meal program at this time.

Behavioral Health Services

There will be no change in service at this time. We will stratify client risk and begin pre-visit screening and converting to telephone visits where applicable.  

Adult Day Program 

Last week, we had restricted visitors, volunteers and students from our Adult Day Program to minimize potential exposure to participants and implemented many of the recommended protocols from the state regarding nursing homes and COVID-19. We had hoped to continue to provide adult day services to ensure continued therapeutic benefits to our clients. However, in light of the expanded restrictions on public gatherings in the state of Ohio and with the health and safety of our high-risk clients in mind, we have decided to temporarily close the Adult Day Program effective Monday, March 16th until further notice. 

Mental Health Day Treatment Program

There will be no changes in services at this time; these programs have been identified as critical therapeutic services for the benefit of the client. However, we are restricting visitors, volunteers and students to the program to minimize potential exposure to participants. 

Margaret Wagner Apartments 

There will be no changes in service at this time. We are restricting visitors to minimize potential exposure to residents.   

Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People

  • Financial Counseling, Housing Counseling, LIFEPOP, Outreach and Benefits Assessments will be done with clients virtually by telephone and email.  
  • Homebuyers’ Education Classes: March classes are cancelled. We are working on ways to deliver these classes remotely in April.  
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance: No additional appointments are being scheduled for VITA at this time.   
  • ESOP Realty: We are suspending realty showings and listings until further notice. 
  • Financial Education Workshops: We are cancelling financial education workshops at this time.   

Senior Companion Program

We will suspend our monthly in-service and convert to a telephone call with volunteers for March. Volunteers will not be permitted to attend service sites. Face-to-face visits of volunteers will be converted to a wellness telephone call.

All other programs and services that are not mentioned above have no change in service delivery.
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(Current as of March 12, 2020 at 11:45 AM)

At Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, we are committed to advancing support for older adults and caregivers, including sharing reliable information and ensuring continued care for the clients we serve. We are staying current with the latest information regarding the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). 

Currently, all programs and services of Benjamin Rose and subsidiaries ESOP and Rose Centers for Aging remain open.

Any changes in programming, operations or closure will be shared on this page, through our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter, and in media announcements.

Visiting Benjamin Rose

If you visit one of our locations, we ask that you remain mindful of the CDC’s recommendations for slowing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth, with unwashed hands;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.  
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

If you are at high-risk of developing complications from COVID-19 because of respiratory disease or other medical conditions, the CDC recommends the following actions:

  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
  • During the COVID-19 outbreak, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.