Winter Weather Impacts Home Care Drivers

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Home care drivers are being affected by this winter weather.

The Valley Program for Aging Services delivers meals to more than 100 senior citizens in the Valley, every day.

When they know bad weather is coming, they plan in advance and send out an extra meal the day before.

Beth Bland, the director of senior services for the Valley Program for Aging Services, said they don't want to risk not having community members receive their meal on time.

They also depend heavily on volunteers and don't want them driving in poor weather.

So far they have already had to send out meals in advance five to six times this year.

They prepare shelf-stable meals ahead of time that can last a while and be sent out the day before the storm hits.

"If the electricity does go out, it is still something the person can eat without having to heat something up," said Bland.

The pre-packaged meals include soup, fruit salad, raisins, juices, protein bars and other ingredients that will last over time.


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