Budget Reduction Causes Limited Transportation Services For Senior Citizens

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Guam-The Department of Public Health and Social Services’ Division of Senior Citizens would like to inform all aging program consumers, their families and caregivers that due to recent budgetary reductions impacting aging programs the following changes in services will take effect on Monday, October 31, 2011:

 Transportation services will be suspended to the 12 Senior Citizen Centers on Mondays for the weeks with no holidays.  The 12 Senior Citizen Centers will remain open for those who are able to obtain transportation to the center on the days transportation services are suspended.

 Transportation services will be suspended for the following Center activities: monthly food commodities, monthly field trips, monthly meetings for the Elderly Nutrition Participant and Senior Executive Councils; and civic engagement and island-wide activities.  Senior Center and Adult Day Care Center participants interested in participating in these activities will have to arrange for their own transportation.

 Non-fixed route transportation services will be limited to medical services, such as hemodialysis, medical and dental appointments, laboratory, pharmacy, and others directly related to a client’s access to medical services.

 Elderly Nutrition Program meals are capped at 802 for Congregate, and 1,290 for Home-Delivered.

Further, services will be provided in accordance with the prioritization of services for those requesting program services above and beyond program capacities as a result of budgetary reductions.

We apologize for this inconvenience; however, the measures are being implemented due to current governmental funding reductions.

For inquiries from the general public, please contact the Division of Senior Citizens at 735-7421.

All other inquiries on this matter are to be directed to the Director’s Office at 735-7102, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday excluding locally recognized holidays.