STAYinTV, the aging-in-place initiative in Tellico Village, has announced changes to its programs in light of COVID-19 concerns.

Volunteers will respond to emergency home maintenance requests only. They will not respond if a person has symptoms associated with the outbreak, and clients should not request assistance if they have flu symptoms.

The rides program will continue, but volunteers will respond at their discretion and not if they have symptoms. Clients should also not call if they have symptoms. The same guidelines follow grocery shopping and errand effort.

Respite care for caregivers is self-limiting, and assistance will be worked out between volunteers and clients.

“Our prayers are with our fellow citizens in Tellico Village and the nation as we all deal with this national emergency,” Scott Mathot, STAYinTV president, said. “Hopefully, things will return to normal soon.”

Founded in 2011, STAYinTV aims to help Tellico Villagers remain in their homes as long as possible. Volunteers and clients can learn more information at www.stayintv.org. Prospective volunteers or clients for any of the services should call STAYinTV at 865-458-7084, follow the prompts and leave contact information.