The Department of Aging and Community Living’s hotline is operational, and seniors who need information or assistance should call (202) 724-5626. The call center will conduct a quick assessment and connect you to the appropriate service.
Special Hours for Seniors at Grocery Stores
UPDATE: Aldi is also offering 'vulnerable' shopper hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am to 9:30am.
Community Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)/ Grocery Plus
For recipients of the Community Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)/ Grocery Plus:
- The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), locally known as Grocery Plus, serves the District of Columbia’s senior population who are 60 years and older with a limited income.
- CSFP has increased its distribution to home bound seniors. The current CSFP certification period has been extended by 90 days.
- Current CSFP participants who have not received their monthly food box should call the Capital Area Food Bank at 202-644-9880.
- For more information on CSFP/Grocery Plus program updates, please visit: http://capitalareafoodbank.org/covid19response/
District seniors, their caretakers, and community advocates should report any suspected wrongdoing, abuse, or exploitation to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) at (202) 727-9099, Adult Protective Services at (202) 541-3950, or the Office of the Attorney General’s Elder Justice section at (202) 727-3807 or [email protected].
Department of Aging and Community Living (DACL)
The Department of Aging and Community Living remains open. We will continue to provide some services as usual. However, there may be changes to how other services are provided.
How does this impact what we do?
- Senior Wellness Centers and Community Dining Sites – modified.
- Activities at Senior Wellness Centers and Community Dining Sites are suspended.
- Beginning March 23, 2020, all meal sites will be converted to home delivery for current participants.
- Social and Recreation Programs – suspended. This includes group trips, in-person fitness classes, and other wellness activities.
- Adult Day Health Programs – suspended.
- Effective March 20, 2020, Adult Day Health Programs are suspended.
What else are we offering to meet your needs?
- Information & Referral/Assistance – Residents may call (202) 724-5626 to learn more about DACL’s operating status, programs, and services. If you or someone you know is 60+ years old and needs a meal, please give us a call for referral. Phone lines are answered Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm.
- Adult Protective Services (APS) – To report allegations of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, and/or exploitation of vulnerable adults, please call the APS Hotline at (202) 541-3950, available 24-hours 7-days a week.
- Regular Reassurance Calls – Current participants of DACL-funded senior programs should expect to receive reassurance calls on a regular basis from their lead agency or case managers during this time. Call (202) 724-5626 for more information.
Our employees are taking precautions to keep themselves healthy and limit the spread of infections like regularly washing their hands, cleaning facilities more frequently, and reducing close contact with each other and residents. Employees have been asked to let their supervisor know immediately if they feel sick. Where should you go if you have questions? For questions about any of the services we provide and information on any future changes, please contact us at 202-724-5626 or [email protected].