March – Income Tax Time Begins – Community Care is once again completing income tax returns for seniors who live in Prince Edward County. If you are a senior 60+ whose single income is $30,000 or lower or whose household income is $40,000 or lower, you may be eligible for the program. Volunteers have been trained by Canada Revenue Agency to complete Income Tax Returns for eligible clients. Volunteers do not complete income tax and benefit returns for: deceased persons, bankrupt individuals; for those with more than $1000 of investment income; for individuals with capital gains/losses; or for people with business or rental income and expenses. There is no charge, donations are accepted. Home visits can be arranged for seniors who are shut-in. For information call 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org
March – Thrift Shop Volunteer Orientation coming up – Prince Edward Community Care will soon be holding an orientation for new Thrift Shop volunteers. If you can spare 3 hours a week and you love people then volunteering in Community Care’s Thrift Shop might be just the thing for you. Work in the shop with sorting/cleaning, customer service or on the cash register. Orientation and support is provided. Call Community Care at 613-476-7493. Volunteers of all ages are welcome.
March 2 – Thrift Shop Clothing Bag Sale begins – Good used clothing for the whole family is on sale at Prince Edward Community Care’s Thrift Shop. Fill a Metro grocery bag or two! Hurry on in early for the best selection. 100% of the proceeds help County seniors live at home. For more information call the Thrift Shop at 613-476-1555.
March 3 – Seniors Support TV Show – Watch a new edition of the show “Seniors’ Support” only on TVCogeco, at 7:00pm on Tuesday, March 3rd. The topic is Scooters, Walkers and Other Devices for Seniors. This show is co-produced by the Executive Directors of Prince Edward Community Care and Community Care for South Hastings. If you miss the show on the 3rd, check your local listings for when it will be shown again.
March 4 – Picton Seniors Luncheon Social – Enjoy good food and conversation on a cold winter day at Prince Edward Community Care’s Seniors Luncheon Social in Picton on Wednesday, February 4th at 12 noon. Bill Grieve, the chef with Wheel House and Occasions Catering, is preparing homemade soup, bangers and mashed, onion gravy, peas, coleslaw, bread and butter, coconut cream pie, coffee and tea for $10.00 per person. Reserve your place by the Tuesday prior at 12 noon by calling 613-476-7493. Seniors are asked to bring their own soup bowl, plate, cup and cutlery. If you can’t come to the hall for this meal it can be delivered to housebound seniors who live near Picton. If you wish to have a take-out meal, please advise when you register. The price is the same for take out and eat in. www.communitycareforseniors.org
March 18 – Milford Seniors Luncheon Social with entertainment – Seniors will gather for good food and conversation at Prince Edward Community Care’s Seniors Luncheon Social in Milford on Wednesday, March 18th at 12 noon. There will be musical entertainment following the meal with Dave & Lenore Bongard, Dayton Johnson & Roy Rorabeck. Bill Grieve, the chef with Wheel House and Occasions Catering, is preparing homemade soup, bangers and mashed, onion gravy, peas, coleslaw, bread and butter, coconut cream pie, coffee and tea for $10.00 per person. Reserve your place by the Tuesday prior at 12 noon by calling 613-476-7493. Seniors are asked to bring their own soup bowl, plate, cup and cutlery. If you can’t come to the hall for this meal it can be delivered to housebound seniors who live near Milford. If you wish to have a take-out meal, please advise when you register. The price is the same for take-out and eat in. www.communitycareforseniors.org
March 25 – The Canadian Hearing Society Hearing Clinic – In partnership with the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS), Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors will be hosting a Hearing Help Clinic at The Armoury, 206 Main Street in Picton. This is your chance to have a Hearing Care Counsellor answer your questions about hearing loss, give information about hearing health care, provide communication strategies for hearing loss, provide tips for hearing aid maintenance and demonstrate technical devices. Schedule your free, personal and confidential half hour appointment with a CHS hearing care counsellor by calling 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org
March 25 – Wellington Seniors Luncheon Social – Seniors will gather for good food and conversation at Prince Edward Community Care’s Seniors Luncheon Social at the Wellington United Church on Wednesday, March 25th at 12 noon. Bill Grieve, the chef with Wheel House and Occasions Catering is preparing homemade soup, bangers and mashed, onion gravy, peas, coleslaw, bread and butter, coconut cream pie, coffee and tea for $10.00 per person. Reserve your place by the Tuesday prior at 12 noon by calling 613-476-7493. Seniors are asked to bring their own soup bowl, plate, cup and cutlery. If you can’t come to the hall for this meal it can be delivered to housebound seniors who live near Wellington. If you wish to have a take-out meal, please advise when you register. The price is the same for take-out and eat in. www.communitycareforseniors.org
April 1 – Hearing Help Classes start - The Canadian Hearing Society will be offering a Hearing Help course at the Prince Edward Community Care office in The Armoury. This course is designed for the hard of hearing person who is experiencing difficulty communicating in day-to-day situations. The course will do the following: give information on the hearing system, hearing loss and its ramifications as well as other related topics; teach speech reading skills and discourse strategies; give instruction on hearing aid use and how to obtain maximum benefit from hearing aids; discuss and demonstrate technical devices; develop practical strategies for difficult listening situations; and help people to become aware of and more comfortable in expressing communication needs. Classes start on Wednesday, April 1st and will run for 8 consecutive Wednesdays. The cost is $30.00 per person. Participants are invited to bring along a spouse, friend or family member at no extra cost. Anyone with financial difficulties is welcome to discuss this in confidence to have the fee reduced or waived entirely. For registration at the course contact Prince Edward Community Care at 613-476-7493. Space is limited so call today
May 5 – 55 ALIVE Mature Driving Classroom Refresher Course – A 55-Alive safe driving course for seniors will be held on Tuesday, May 5TH at the Prince Edward Community Care office in Picton. This course is from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. The Canada Safety Council developed this mature driver retraining program and it is designed specifically to help older drivers improve their driving skills. The cost is $30.00 per person, which includes workbook, refreshments and a light lunch. Call 613-476-7493 to register or for more information. Space is limited so call today. www.communitycareforseniors.org
Hot Meals on Wheels in Ameliasburgh
Prince Edward Community Care is now delivering hot Meals on Wheels in Ameliasburgh on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you’re interested in the Meals on Wheels program as a client or as a Volunteer Driver, call Prince Edward Community Care at 613-476-7493.
Donate used items to Community Care’s Thrift Shop
Good used clothing and linens can be donated at 153 Main Street in Picton, Monday 1pm – 4 pm and Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm. You can donate other good used household items too! Prince Edward Community Care’s Thrift Shop helps you to reduce, recycle and enables others to reuse! 100% of the proceeds go towards helping County seniors live at home. For more information call the Thrift Shop at 613-476-1555. To volunteer call 613-476-7493.
Beginners and Continuation Tai Chi classes are held regularly at Prince Edward Community Care. Tai Chi is a way to help seniors stay fit and flexible. Tai Chi is a low-impact form of exercise, but it is also a weight bearing exercise, which is an important component of managing osteoporosis. Some of the benefits of Tai Chi are: better balance, which lowers the risk for falls, less pain and stiffness, stress relief and increased calmness and sense of well-being. And to top it off, it also helps to improve memory. No experience is necessary and all fitness levels are welcome. If you’re a senior who would benefit from Tai Chi and would like to give it a try, call the Prince Edward Community Care office at 613-476-7493 to register. Space is limited. www.communitycareforseniors.org
Play in the Wii Bowling League
The Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors Association has a bowling league. Meet new people or bring your own team of 4. Wii is not physically demanding. Wii is a sports game developed by Nintendo. It is a video game and can be played from a standing or sitting position. People can even play while sitting on a walker. There are two lanes and 8 people play at a time. The laughter is infectious. It’s a great way to get involved. Players use the remote control to mimic the bowling actions. Individual and team scores are kept. Your team name might appear on the trophy! Teams are being formed now. No experience is necessary. You just need to enjoy having fun and meeting new people. Call Community Care today at 613-476-7493 and sign up.
Need a Speaker for your group?
Need a speaker for your group – large or small. Prince Edward Community Care will attend your meeting and talk about services for seniors to help them live at home. To make arrangements call 613-476-7493 or email firstname.lastname@example.org More information at www.communitycareforseniors.org
WALKING PROGRAM – in Picton & Wellington
Walk in a controlled and safe environment at Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors walking programs, Monday to Friday at the Prince Edward Collegiate Institute in Picton, at CML Snider Elementary School and at the Wellington & District Community Centre in Wellington. Participants must register in advance. This is a great opportunity for seniors and others to walk in a safe environment during the winter months. Call The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association at 613-476-7493 to register or for more information. www.communitycareforseniors.org
Volunteer Drivers Needed
Volunteer Drivers escort seniors to medical appointments and essential shopping. If you enjoy driving and meeting people, Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors staff want to discuss with you volunteer opportunities tailored to your availability. www.communitycareforseniors.org
Home Help/ Homemaking
Seniors who need help with laundry, meal preparation, light cleaning and running errands can arrange for carefully screened workers to come to the home for a reasonable fee. Contact the Prince Edward Community Care office in The Armoury, 206 Main Street, Picton, or call 613-476-7493 for more information. www.communitycareforseniors.org
Seniors who are isolated and need some encouragement and support, can find it through Prince Edward Community Care. A friendly volunteer will be matched with the senior for visits in the home. To sign up for this program, or refer someone, call Community Care at 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org
Help around the home for seniors
If seniors need help with chores at home, either inside or out, Prince Edward Community Care has carefully screened workers at reasonable rates. Help is available with fall yard work, lawn maintenance, snow shovelling, light and heavy housework, meal preparation, and respite – both during the day and overnight. For information on this service call the Prince Edward Community Care office located in The Armoury, 206 Main Street, Picton at 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org
Seniors – need a ride to medical and other appointments?
Prince Edward Community Care offers an escorted transportation program that can maximize your independence with affordable rates, punctuality, personalized service and friendly drivers. Whether you need to travel locally or out of town, this service gets you where you need to go. The volunteer waits with the client while they are in the appointment. Notice of 2-3 days in advance is necessary, same day trips are not available. Call Community Care at 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org
Telephone Reassurance Program
Prince Edward Community Care has supportive volunteers that can offer companionship, encouragement and warm friendly conversation to seniors to help alleviate loneliness and help keep people safe. A daily phone call can help maintain independence. To participate, call Prince Edward Community Care at 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org
Rural Route Reassurance Program
In partnership with Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Prince Edward Community Care can arrange for your mail courier en route to keep a watchful eye on your home to help keep you safe. This service is free, offering added safety and security to those living in the country. To participate in this service, call Prince Edward Community Care at 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org
Delivery to your door of nutritious meals for seniors
Delivery to your door of a hot nutritious noon-time meal means daily contact with a volunteer to help you stay safe and well in your own home. Community Care offers both hot and frozen meals to seniors, adults with a physical disability, those who are recovering from an illness, and clients of Hospice Prince Edward or the Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward County. To apply for Meals on Wheels or to refer someone, call 613-476-7493. Staff can make home visits to explain this and other services.
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