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Community Care maintaining contact with seniors in need

The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association continues to operate the hot and frozen Meals on Wheels program on a limited basis and is maintaining contact with seniors in need.

“We have amazing volunteers in this community and they are willing and able to deliver the meals to the seniors who need them” said Debbie MacDonald Moynes executive director. “There have been adaptations to the delivery procedure to ensure physical distancing and safety for all.”

Community Care has more 1,500 clients on its roster and are assembling a group of current volunteers to make regular reassurance calls. More clients are being added to the call list each day.

“Dedicated community support to seniors continues in innovative ways online and by phone. Our board of directors remains actively engaged in the decisions that have been necessary to comply with the leadership of public health and all levels of government,” said Barb Proctor, chair of the board of directors. “Members of the board are very reassured and proud of our organization under the direction of our executive director and talented team of employees.”

When seniors call the Community Care office they are asked to leave a message and calls are returned as soon as possible. Seniors are provided with information on grocery and pharmacy delivery among many other questions.

“We are also receiving offers to help from people who wish to volunteer, prompting us to develop ways to interview volunteers without having them come to the office” said MacDonald Moynes.

On March 16th Community Care closed until further notice: office at 74A King Street, Picton; Thrift Shop at 153 Main Street, Picton; Foot Care Clinics, Active Living Programs, Income Tax, support groups, seminars & Seniors Luncheon Social events.

Programs presently operating with modified schedules, for urgent situations only, and with ongoing rigorous active screening of both clients and volunteers are: hot and frozen Meals on Wheels and Escorted Transportation. Friendly visiting and reassurance programs are still operating by telephone. Watch for Seniors Active Living programs to be delivered using virtual options in the coming days.

Updates are posted to the Community Care Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/CommunityCareforSeniors and to the website at www.communitycareforseniors.org Call 613-476-7493 for further information.

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UPDATE MARCH 16: The Community Care office at 74A King Street in Picton is closed until further notice for the safety  staff, volunteers, clients and the community. Staff are answering voicemail.

Programs presently operating with modified schedules, for urgent situations only, and with ongoing rigorous active screening of both clients and volunteers are:  Meals on Wheels and Escorted Transportation.  Friendly visiting and reassurance programs are still operating by telephone only.

CLOSED – the Thrift Shop is closed to both customers & donors. Please keep your donations of good used clothes and household items and bring them to us when you see a notification on this page that we’re open again. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Remember…wash your hands.

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MARCH 13 – The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association announced it is temporarily placing selected programs on hold to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

The decision was made based on standards and guidelines from the Ministry of Health and Public Health and the risk factors associated with the spread of the virus.

Programs being placed on temporary hold meet one or more of the following conditions: food sharing, prolonged gatherings, and close proximity (i.e. waiting rooms).

Programs temporarily on hold as of Monday, March 16 are Foot Care Clinics, Active Living Programs, Income Tax, support groups, seminars and Seniors Luncheon Social events.

Programs presently operating as originally scheduled, with ongoing rigorous active screening, are Meals on Wheels, Escorted Transportation, home maintenance, friendly visiting and reassurance programs.

Seniors and volunteers involved in any of Community Care’s ongoing programs are regularly contacted by telephone by staff members who ask them the questions on the COVID-19 “screener” as developed and distributed by the Ministry of Health.

Updates will be posted to the Community Care Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/CommunityCareforSeniors Call 613-476-7493 for further information.

(TO BE RESCHEDULED) March 30 – Thrift Shop Clothing Half-price sale on clothing, purses, shoes and boots begins at Prince Edward Community Care’s Thrift Shop, 153 Main Street in Picton. 100% of the proceeds help County seniors live at home. For more information call the Thrift Shop at 613-476-1555.

 

 

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