These are unprecedented times for sure.
I have for years subscribed to Ontario Government press releases but never before have there been several releases each and every day.
It was on March 30th that Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and Premier Ford spoke directly to seniors in one of those press releases.
The release says “ Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health is strongly urging those over the age of 70 or those with compromised immune systems or underlying medical conditions to stay at home.”
“We take seriously the advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, and we’re working to put an iron ring of protection around our seniors from COVID-19,” said Premier Doug Ford. “I know asking seniors to stay at home will not be easy as it will mean inconvenience, isolation and significant change in routine. That’s why we are encouraging everyone to reach out and support them, whether it’s delivering their prescriptions or picking up the phone and giving them a call. It will all make a positive difference to our most vulnerable citizens.”
The same release announced that the government is asking community organizations like Community Care to help with the coordination of needed services.
This includes delivery of meals (Meals on Wheels), medicines and other necessities to seniors and also to mobilize volunteer support and expand the use of innovative technologies in the community to address social isolation and support daily living assistance.
In response to this request from the Ministry of Health, Community Care has ramped up delivery of Meals on Wheels in The County. In addition we have established a grocery/pharmacy delivery program for seniors who need such support.
Call the office at 613-476-7493 and leave a voicemail with your name, number and what you need. A staff member will call you back.
Seniors must become a client of the agency before delivery can be arranged.
A big thank you to Community Care’s amazing volunteers who are ready and willing to assist with helping seniors live at home, all the time and especially during this pandemic.
-Debbie MacDonald Moynes