by Carol Friesen, Client Service & Volunteer Coordinator

Kemptville & District Home Support continues to provide support in the community. Meals on Wheels, Transportation to medical appointments, and Telephone Checks are continuing. The staff are still at the office coordinating the services, as well as providing information and referrals over the telephone.

During this time of selfisolating in our homes and physical distancing, it is especially important to keep connected with others and to keep ourselves engaged and active while remaining safe.

Stay connected. Whether it’s a relative, a friend or a neighbour, it’s great to be able to enjoy a conversation, share stories and to laugh together. Pick up the phone and call someone. Or try to use technology and video chat! If you’d like one of our friendly volunteers to call you, let us know! They can call to check on you, and you are guaranteed to have great conversations that will put a smile on your face.

Enjoy a hobby. Knitting, baking, painting, puzzles, reading – whatever your passion is, it’s the perfect time to enjoy it. I recently pulled out
one of my cross-stitch projects and I now regularly enjoy stitching beautiful colours to reveal the vibrant seaside cottages in my project.

Rediscover the beauty of nature. Open the window or step outside and enjoy the fresh air. Watch the birds as they feed outside. Dig around in the garden. Look for buds on the trees and early spring flowers. Listen to the melodic tunes of birds during the day and the chorus of frogs in the evening. Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.

Exercise. You can still stay active while staying home. Take a walk, either in your house or outside, making sure to distance yourself at least 6 feet from others. Or perhaps, if you are able to, try an online exercise or dance class.

Eat healthy. It’s important to eat nutritious foods and stay healthy. Frozen Meals on Wheels are a great option where you can choose your own meals from our à la carte menu. Our selection of meals includes items such as traditional pot roast, sweet and sour chicken, and salmon in lemon sauce. We also offer soups and desserts! Our Meals on Wheels program is flexible and reasonably priced, plus we offer free delivery throughout North Grenville.

Stay safe. Please remember to stay at home as much as possible, wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and keep a safe distance away from others (at least 6 feet). Even if you’re feeling well, it’s always best to stay home. Let’s prevent the spread of this virus and save lives.

Kemptville & District Home Support is here to help. If you or someone you know would like to receive a regular call from one of our volunteers, order some frozen Meals on Wheels, or find out about other services available, please call 613-258-3203. Let’s keep connected to each other and stay safe!


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