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Lockdown services for seniors; ‘Zoom’ classes and ‘Socials’

Prince Edward Community Care is taking a cautious approach to delivery of services during the COVID-19 lockdown. Staff are working from home offices and will return to the office on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 if government regulations permit.

Meals on Wheels, grocery delivery and most other programs are operating.

Active Living Programs in January get a boost
Prince Edward Community Care has received funding through the provincial Seniors Community Grant fund and will be offering an expanded program schedule for January to March 2021.

This will include “Tea Party Socials” to be held online and on the telephone. Participants will receive a complimentary “tea party” box of goodies and will join with other local seniors while enjoying a cup of tea with sweets and music. “The Art of Conversation” is offered in conjunction with the Prince Edward Arts Council and will see seniors connect with a local artist, spend a few weeks getting acquainted and then the artist will create something special from this conversation in their art form be it a poem, painting, sculpture, etc. inspired by these conversations. This will culminate in a Facebook Art Show. The third component of the program is online gatherings of seniors to do an activity together – perhaps build a bird house – from a free kit that will be distributed in advance, to seniors who register. The grant will also make it possible for Community Care to have telephone gatherings of seniors with enhanced functionality making it easier and more enjoyable. The agency offers assistance with online zoom meetings, too. Get active, make friends, be well. For more information or to participate, call Prince Edward Community Care at 613-476-7493, or check the website at

Active Living Programs
Prince Edward Community Care offers free events for seniors 60+ both online and by telephone. Virtual Online Zoom Classes & “Socials for Seniors” are held Monday to Friday. Join in at 10:30am for fitness classes, and in the afternoons at 2 pm for arts & socials. See the Community Care website for the program calendar. January telephone group chat topics include “Phone Fitness Break” with Wendy Chapman PFT; “Backyard Magic – Getting the Most from Compost“ with Naturalist Terry Sprague; “Tickle Your Funny Bone”; “Regent Theatre History” with author Ian Robertson. For the telephone chats a computer is not required. January webinar topics include “Monarch of Main Street – Regent Theatre Beginnings” with author Ian Robertson; 52 Card Bingo; “The Big Freeze” with Naturalist Terry Sprague; “99.3 County FM Emergency Preparedness & Community Initiatives in Prince Edward County” with General Manager Craig Mills; “CRA Benefits & Credits for Seniors” with CRA Outreach Officer Nikhil Thakran. Get active, make friends, be well. For more information or to participate, call Prince Edward Community Care at 613-476-7493, email or the website at

Services currently on hold until further notice: Foot Care Clinics; Seniors Luncheon Social events; Escorted Transportation; and in-person active living programs. The office building at 74A King Street is closed during the lockdown and staff are working from home offices. Physical distancing procedures are in place for all services that are currently operating.

Free pick up and delivery of essentials
Community Care offers a free pick up & delivery program for groceries, medicines, library books and other essentials. All seniors 60+ are welcome to request this support. To make arrangements call Community Care at 613-476-7493.

Help to place an online/email grocery order
Seniors who need help to place a grocery order by email or online can call Prince Edward Community Care for this free service. Call Community Care at 613-476-7493.

Beat the Cold with a Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding Luncheon on Jan. 28, 2021
Bill Grieve, The chef of Wheelhouse and Occasions Catering, will be preparing roast beef with Yorkshire Pudding that also includes homemade soup, roast beef with horseradish, potatoes, vegetables and Marni’s famous pie. The cost is $15/meal and seniors 60+ can order by calling the Community Care office at 613-476-7493.

All meals must be paid for in advance. Meals will be packaged hot and ready to be picked up between noon and 1p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 at The View Restaurant located at 734 Prince Edward County Rd 49 (Picton Golf Course). Seniors will drive up to the main door, provide their name to the friendly volunteer and their meal(s) will be delivered directly to their vehicle. Only those who preorder will be served. To order, or for more information, call 613-476-7493. Orders will be taken until Monday Jan. 25th.

Thrift Shop closed during lockdown
Prince Edward Community Care’s Thrift Shop is closed during the pandemic lockdown. Donations of good used items will be accepted, by appointment only, when the shop reopens. The Thrift Shop will reopen at 1pm on Monday, Jan. 25th, 2021 if allowed.

55 Alive Mature Driving Refresher Course – Jan. 19th & 26th, 2021 – Online Zoom
The Canada Safety Council developed the 55 Alive Mature Driver Program which is designed specifically to help older drivers improve their driving skills. Prince Edward Community Care is now offering the 55-Alive safe driving course online. This program will run two consecutive Tuesday mornings. The cost is $25.00 per person which includes a 100 page workbook, useful resources, a certificate and instruction by a person trained by the Canada Safety Council. Registration is open to all people 55 and over. Space is limited. For information or to register call Community Care at 613-476-7493, email or the website at

Seniors’ Support TV Show
Watch “Seniors’ Support” on YourTV. All episodes have interesting guests on topics seniors care about. This show is co-produced by the Executive Directors of Prince Edward Community Care and Community Care for South Hastings. Check your local YourTV cable listings for when it will be shown.

Friendly Visiting Volunteers
Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors is looking for volunteers to visit seniors. During the pandemic visits are on the telephone. To volunteer call 613-476-7493 and start the conversation.

Ontario Energy Support Program
Do you struggle with your hydro bill? The Ontario Energy Support Program (OESP) is a program that can provide help for eligible low-income seniors. An eligible household ($28,000 or less for one person or $28,001 – $39,000 for a two person household) can receive between $35-$75 monthly credits on their hydro bill. Staff at Prince Edward Community Care can answer questions for seniors 60+ and help submit the OESP application. Seniors who have received Renewal and Information letters from OESP, can arrange for Community Care staff to help facilitate this renewal process. Please call 613-476-7493 or go to for more information.



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