Area businesses, nursing homes and activities are being affected by worries over the Coronavirus. With the older population considered more vulnerable to the virus, area nursing homes and senior facilities are making changes including restrictions on visitors. While visiting WZOE’s Wake Up Princeton on Wednesday Arin Peterson announced that Liberty Village of Princeton had just enacted restrictions on visitors. They also will be keeping a close watch on staff members in an effort to keep them healthy. Liberty Village is encouraging visitors to contact their loved ones via phone, Skype or Facetime as an alternative to an in-person visit. The restriction message has been posted on Liberty Village’s Facebook page as well. Aperion Care of Princeton’s Facebook page has a similar message regarding visitor restrictions.
The Illinois Department on Aging has asked senior centers throughout the state to suspend group activities, including gathering at meal sites, for the foreseeable future. The Bureau County Senior Center in Princeton has just begun a policy of noon meals being prepared, individually packaged and delivered to seniors’ homes instead of them visiting the center for meals. Senior transportation will not change for the time being in addition to non-group services like helping seniors with tax preparation. The Bureau County Senior Center will remain open. If you have any specific questions you can call them at 815-879-3981.