Community Care services just a phone call away

What’s coming up?

We do many things to ensure that seniors in this community know about Community Care’s services, activities and events.  Nevertheless I still have people tell me that they can’t find out about things.  In this column I’ll cover a few of the many ways to get information from Community Care.

It might be old fashioned but the good old telephone works.  Call 613-476-7493 and you’ll get a live person – staff or a volunteer – who will answer your questions.  If you get a message that means that all five incoming lines are already in use.  In that case you’ll be asked to leave a message.  We check messages regularly and calls are returned.

You can check the website at www.communitycareforseniors.org .  Once you’re on the site you’ll see a purple banner that says “home”, “for seniors”, “our support”, “our organization”.  The last three of these is a drop-down menu.  However over the words with your cursor and see what drops down.  Under “for seniors” you’ll see “what’s coming up?”  Click on that phrase and the list of everything going on will appear on your screen.  It’s in chronological order so scroll down all the way to see all the dates.  We change the content the last week of every month so check back each month to see more events/activities!

At that same drop down menu (under “for seniors”) you’ll also see the phrase “services for seniors”.  Here you will find content and videos about all our support services.  If you want more information go to the top right of your screen and click on the little orange box with an envelope in it.  That will open the “contact us” page where you’ll find the agency email address.  If you send an email we will respond within a couple days.

The contact page also has our street address and a photo of the front of the building.  You can always drop in at 74A King Street in Picton to get your question answered.  If you want to be able to sit with a Co-ordinator for a few moments then please call ahead and make an appointment so we can spend time with you.  If you come to the office sometimes you might see up to three people at the reception desk.  We really like to have a volunteer help at reception and we have an opening right now.  Give us a call and start the conversation about volunteering.  Three hours a week is all it takes.  And we can be flexible on dates and times.

If you come into the office and there’s nobody at the desk please just wait a few minutes and someone will appear from an office to assist you.  We closely monitor the desk for arrivals and we will come out and help.  While you’re in the office pick up a hard copy of the list of upcoming events/activities.

There are lots of other places to find information.  Check out www.countylive.ca; you can find this column in the Gazette – on paper or online at www.pictongazette.ca ; we also have a Facebook page for Community Care and one for Community Care’s Facebook page.  Occasionally we are on 99.3CountyFM, too.  And don’t forget the Seniors Support TV Show that’s on YOURTV (Cogeco) serving the Rednersville Road and Hwy 33 from Carrying Place to Bloomfield.  Seniors Support is also on Eastlink Community TV in Picton right before the Kinsmen TV Bingo.

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes