Rides to vaccination clinics available

Need a ride to the Vaccination Clinic? Seniors 60+ are eligible for a ride to the Vaccination Clinic through Community Care’s transportation program.  We offer escorted rides.  Public Health suggests that seniors have someone with them when they get vaccinated so our program is perfect for this.  It’s a one-to-one service so it’s just you and the volunteer in the car.  Our new procedures are that the client sits in the back on the passenger side.  At all other times the driver and rider are asked to keep 6’ of distance between them.  Of course masks are mandatory.  To arrange a ride call the Community Care office at 613-476-7493 and talk to our friendly staff.

If you’re new to using Community Care services then read on.  One of our clients wrote to us and said, “I don’t believe that the seniors realize how fortunate we are here in Prince Edward County.” She goes on to say “with your help within 5 weeks I’ll be 91 years old”.  The services this person uses include Meals on Wheels which she refers to as the “biggest help”.  This appreciative senior also has a person from Community Care clean her house, mow her lawn and pick up her leaves.  She knows that Community Care offers escorted transportation and will use this service if necessary but says “I’m still able to drive but only for a short trip”.

The letter began with “a big thank you for all that you and your staff do for me.”  In 2021 Prince Edward Community Care celebrates 44 years of helping seniors live at home in the community.  With a small staff and over 400 volunteers we work diligently to provide the practical supports that seniors need to make the difference between living at home independently and moving to a living environment such as a long-term care home.

Hot meals delivered to the door can help frail elderly people and also active seniors who struggle at times with a chronic illness.  Services such as transportation to medical appointments can relieve frazzled caregivers who just can’t take one more day off work to take Mom or Dad to that appointment.  Support for seniors, and their caregivers, is a cornerstone of Community Care. Willing, caring, well-trained, and carefully screened volunteers deliver hot or frozen meals, drive to appointments, visit, serve at our monthly curbside pick-up dinners and support seniors in so many other ways.  The choice to volunteer benefits seniors and it also benefits the person themselves.  Studies show that volunteers live longer, healthier and happier lives.  By using the programs offered by Community Care seniors are also benefitting the volunteers who assist.  It’s a win-win for everyone involved.

To find out more call 613-476-7493.

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes