Free rides to vax clinics thanks to Community Care

Seniors 60+ are eligible for a FREE ride to the Vaccination Clinic through Community Care’s transportation program.

Did you know that these clinics now take walk-ins and you just don’t need an appointment!? We have received funding to provide these rides free to seniors and the volunteer drivers will still be paid the small stipend. It’s a one-to-one service so it’s just you and the volunteer in the car.

Our pandemic procedures are that the client sits in the back on the passenger side. At all other times the driver and passenger are asked to keep 6’ of distance between them. Of course masks are mandatory. It’s simple to arrange a ride. Just call the Community Care office at 613-476-7493 and talk to our friendly staff. Community Care offers our regular volunteer driving program to help seniors get to medical appointments and shopping.

The steps to becoming involved as an ongoing client for the transportation program are first to call the office and arrange an “intake” where our staff will ask you a few questions and the names of your emergency contacts. Once you’re all signed up when you need a ride you just call in and request the ride. For this regular program we need 2-3 business days notice so that there is time to arrange for a driver. Once a driver has agreed to do the ride then staff call you back and tell you the name of the driver and confirm the pick up time. Seniors can arrange rides to Ottawa, Toronto, and points in between for medical appointments.

Local rides to the doctor or a clinic can also be set up for you. Rides to essential shopping is another thing that our drivers will do. The great part is that this is an “escorted” program and the driver stays with the client for the whole trip. They only have one person they are looking after, and that’s you. What’s better than that? One volunteer driver said that his experience with the staff of Community Care is very positive. “They are professional, well organized and always cheerful. Everyone at Community Care is very concerned about client confidentiality”, he said.

The fee for this program is kept as low as possible and is based upon .40/km.

There are benefits both for the seniors who are clients of this program and for the volunteers as well. After all, studies show that volunteers live longer, healthier, happier lives. To get involved as a client or as a driver call the Community Care office and arrange a time to meet with a Co-ordinator.

To find out more call 613-476-7493, email info@communitycareforseniors.org , visit our website at www.communitycareforseniors.org or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/communitycareforseniors

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes