Seniors’ Community Services modify services

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On December 21, 2020, the Province of Ontario announced a 28-day extension of the Covid-19 Emergency Orders. While many of the programs offered by the Seniors’ Community Services are considered an essential service, our centre remains closed to the public until January 23, 2021 – with the exception of our footcare program clients.

The staff and volunteers at Seniors’ Community Services adhere strictly to the guidelines set forth by public health authorities, and as circumstances change, we will continue to adapt our plans and protocols to respond to the evolving situation so that we can continue to offer essential programs and services to seniors living in our community.

The following is a list of our modified programs and services:

Centre: Closed to walk-in traffic.

Footcare: Fee for Service (Available by Appointment Only):

Proper foot care is very important in all stages of life, but especially in later years, which is why this program is considered an essential service. Provided by an advanced foot care nurse, services includes: trimming of nails, treatment of calluses, corns and ingrown toenails. Strict public health guidelines include guest screening prior to entering the building, mandatory mask use, sanitizing protocols, and temperature checks. Please contact our office at 613-258-3203 to schedule an appointment.

Transportation Services (fee for Service):

Transportation to medical appointments and to get groceries are also considered essential services; however, during the 28-day lockdown, we are unable to support transportation for banking, mail retrieval, or multiple grocery store stops. Strict public health guidelines include screening prior to entering vehicle, mandatory mask use, and sanitizing protocols.
Please contact our office at 613-258-3203 to schedule transportation.

Meals on Wheels (fee for service):

Our volunteers will continue to deliver this essential service to you, as scheduled. Volunteers adhere to strict meal delivery protocols to reduce the risk of spread of COVID 19 and ensure the continuity of this service, while contributing to keep everyone healthy. Please contact our office at 613-258-3203 to schedule delivery.

Virtual Recreational & Social Programming (no fee):

Qigong – Subject to availability via ZOOM
Qigong is a mind, body, and spiritual practice that encompasses posture, movement, meditation, breathing, and some martial arts training. Traditionally, people who have practiced Qigong value it for its positive effects on their mental and physical health and their spirituality. In fact, some studies suggest that Qigong can benefit people who are suffering from a wide array of health conditions. Please contact Carol Friesen at 613-258-3203 or by email at carol.friesen@seniorscs.ca.

Exercise Class – 3 x per week via ZOOM:
Exercise in your living room includes stretching and range of motion movements to help increase or maintain flexibility and balance. Facilitated by our professional instructor, learn helpful tips and tricks to remain strong while in your own home. Please contact Carol Friesen at 613-258-3203 or by email carol.friesen@seniorscs.ca.

Seniors Centre Without Walls – 3 per week by telephone:
Seniors’ Centre Without Walls allows participants to socialize and join-in on trivia, short stories, brain games, and group discussions by telephone. Programs are multi-person phone conversations that engage 8-15 people per call. It is a great way to stay connected with one another within the walls of your own home and just have fun! Please contact Jennifer Graham by phone at 613-258-3203, or by email at jennifer.graham@seniorscs.ca.

Home Safety Services Checks – Daily or as required by telephone:
Our staff and volunteers continue to conduct daily telephone checks with clients for health and safety purposes. To register please call 613-258-3203.

General Information and Referrals (As required). If SCS staff are unable to assist you, they will refer you to the appropriate agency.

To our Trusted Clients and Supporters:

I fully understand the helplessness many have felt throughout this pandemic, and right now it appears as if things will only get worse before they get better, but we WILL get through this, as long as we continue to work together! THANK YOU to our supporters for your commitment to our mission and for going the extra mile for our clients. We simply could not support them without you by our side, along with our incredible team of dedicated professionals, volunteers and advisors.

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