October marks Community Support Services month

Community Support Services support over one million Ontarians each year.

These services help clients live independently in their own homes and communities for as long as possible and also help to support family caregivers and other parts of the health care system. As the population ages, these not-for-profit service agencies will become even more important. ​Community Support Services are provided by hundreds of charities and not-for-profit agencies across the province. These services homemaking, Meals on Wheels, adult day programs, transportation to medical appointments, caregiver support, and in-home visiting palliative care services.

For information on these services and more contact The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association at 613-476-7493, info@communitycareforseniors.org or check our website at www.communitycareforseniors.org

We will direct you to the Community Support Services agency that provides the services you need. CSS agencies provide prevention and maintenance services that are compassionate and cost-effective. Such services can help to prevent or delay a hospital stay and alleviate pressure on long-term care. I always say accepting a little bit of help now can mean a lot of help isn’t needed later on. Think of Community Care services as support for both seniors and their caregivers. Reach out and ask for services. You won’t know what’s available until you ask.

We received an email the other day asking about the “eligibility” for our services. Eligibility is pretty clear: the person needs to be 60+ and have an assessed need. That means the senior needs the service. Call and talk to one of our caring Co-ordinators and find out more. CSS Month recognizes the 20,000 employees and 100,000 volunteers delivering these essential services across through charities and not-for-profit agencies.

Over one million Ontarians access services annually and the need is growing. Agencies only receive partial government funding and are supported by fundraising, individual donations, low client fees for some services (that can be reduced or waived if needed) and thousands of dedicated volunteers. To find out how to support Prince Edward Community Care financially go to our website at www.communitycareforseniors.org and click “our support”.

To volunteer just call the office at 613-476-7493 and start the conversation. We sure want to hear from you! Call today!

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes