There are lots of places and ways that people in the community can find out what’s on offer from Community Care for Seniors.
Let me list a few ways: read this Gazette column each week; check out our Facebook pages; listen to 99.3CountyFM; watch Seniors’ Support on YourTV; watch the community channel on Eastlink Community TV; look at our website at www.communitycareforseniors.org; email us at firstname.lastname@example.org; call the office at 613-476-7493 and leave a detailed message so that a staff member can return your call. You can also call the municipal information line – they will refer you to Community Care. You can call 211 or search the online database at www.211ontario.ca and find Community Care.
We’re also listed on the South East Healthline. The only thing that’s not possible for you to do right now is to stop by our office building because we’re only open for appointments.
Some people call and ask if our foot care clinics have reopened. This is sort of interesting because we’ve been open for foot care appointments since July 6th and have reported this widely in the ways listed above and also in newspaper ads. So, if you’re wondering what services are available to help seniors live – safely – at home then please reach out in any of the ways above. We can’t provide assistance and support if we don’t know about you and your needs. We also welcome inquiries from family members and other caregivers.
Think of all of our programs and services to be support for the caregiver, too. Social isolation has long been an issue for some seniors. It has emerged as a critical situation during the pandemic when seniors have been asked to stay home and away from risky situations. Community Care has offered various programs over the years to enhance socialization and help seniors maintain or create new relationships. We moved programming online – computer and telephone both – in April this year and encourage seniors to get involved to help stay connected.
September offerings of online active living programs for seniors 60+ include:Playing Card Bingo; “Fifty Years a Naturalist” with naturalist Terry Sprague; Chair Piloga Fitness; “Seniors Benefits” with a lawyer from the Community Advocacy & Legal Centre; Royal Ontario Museum ”Out of the Depths, The Blue Whale”. You need a computer and internet to participate in these activities. September telephone group chat topics include: “Tickle Your Funny Bone” bring your jokes; “Do You Remember When?” trivia from the past; “Camp Picton: Wartime to Peacetime” a reading by author Ian Robertson; “Phone Fitness Break”; “Forest Bathing” with naturalist Terry Sprague. For these telephone chats a computer is not required. We’re happy to hear from you if you have suggestions of topics or speakers for the webinars or chats.
Be sure to contact Community Care with your ideas!
-Debbie MacDonald Moynes