Seniors Outreach - July 15, 2020

GEM OF THE DAY: “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” – Christopher Reeve

For Seniors who may be isolating at this time or for those who have curtailed a lot of what they did through the last few months, our choices, going forward, are extremely important. As there is a re-launch going on, it may be all too easy to move out into the mainstream of our communities and fixate on the ever present now. We are out, we can go back to doing what we did before, nothing has changed, etc.. Unfortunately, things have changed.

As we go to the doctor, the dentist, the stores, the seniors centres, community activities, etc. it seems as though everything is different. However, our choices do come into focus. If we choose hope, we go into each situation with a discovery mind-set. What do we need to do to keep ourselves and everyone around us as safe as possible? The Possibilities become endless.

Yes, we will need to recognize that others, especially those that we are close to and are friends are important enough to us to choose to make good choices when we are around them. Presently we are asked to:

Keep a safe distance from others. (2 meters or at least 6 feet apart)

Wear a mask when one cannot keep distancing easily. (At least masks keep others safer when we speak, cough, etc.) This way we keep each other safer.

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least a 1001 to 1020 count. We were taught that a long time ago but it seemed too long a time period. Hey, possibly Mom or the teacher knew something! Let’s rediscover that.

Hand sanitize when it is provided. Especially when one is not able to do the hand jive or is it the hand wash?

Develop a long term cohort with those that you spend time with constantly (or have done so during the last few months) and going forward with those that we slowly include in our interactions on a more consistent basis.

If you need to cough or sneeze – what do we tell the kids? Cough or sneeze into your arm/elbow area not out in front of everyone.

Find the positive possibilities in being safe as we move forward in our re-launch. We do not wish to have this in place forever, however, some of these practices are still extremely helpful as we move forward. Even during the return of our interactions to a more ‘normalized’ situation, it is still helpful to:

a. NOT crowd others

b. If we are sick, perhaps it is better to NOT tough it out and instead STAY HOME and/or wear a mask if out in public and do cough/sneeze into our arm/elbow.

c. Continue to Wash our hands thoroughly/hand sanitize a bit more often than we did before.

The mantra may continue and be a positive move forward: Be Kind. Be calm. Be Safe.

Seniors Outreach continues to safely move forward through:

1. Seeing Seniors Fed and provided for through LOW-INCOME SENIORS FROZEN MEALS ON WHEELS/PERSONAL ITEMS FUNDING/DELIVERY PROGRAM - Low-income adults and families should call Kneehill Regional FCSS at 403-443-3800. Low-income seniors (Ages 65+) should call Seniors Outreach at 403-443-2555 or from the Carbon area 1-888-443-2555

YOU MAY ORDER OVER THE PHONE WITH ONE OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS OR CONTACT US FOR AN ORDER FORM before the next order date. PLEASE Call in to order your food as the Next Order date in 2020 is Monday, July 20 (no later than 10 a.m) and the Next Delivery date in 2020 is Tuesday, July 28 (in the afternoon).

REGULAR FROZEN MEALS ON WHEELS ORDERS: Anyone who is not at a low-income level to be supported through these grants may still order/have frozen Meals on Wheels delivered in Kneehill County, however in these cases we require that your orders be in and be paid in full/arranged for before the above order date.

Seeing Seniors overcoming social isolation as we “RE-LAUNCH”. SENIORS OUTREACH takes the next step:

• As of Monday, July 6, 2020, the Seniors Outreach MAIN OFFICE will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please follow the Pandemic precautions active at Seniors Outreach: If you are sick or have any symptoms, please stay at home until they go away. Thank you.

Though the present situation continues to still be quite changeable, Seniors Outreach is taking phone calls/emails in order to set up deliveries where possible, answer questions, and even assist with forms. As such, you are welcome to email us at office@seniorso.ca or to call 403-443-2555 or from Carbon and area 1-888-443-2555 (toll free) for any assistance, to make a Meals on Wheels order, and/or to set up an in office appointment.

REMINDERS:

1. SENIORS OUTREACH has RE-OPENED from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays with Alberta Health guidelines informing our operational format. The SENIORS OUTREACH MAIN OFFICE (as noted above) continues to be staffed and to take calls/appointments.

2. Regular MEALS ON WHEELS AND low-income FROZEN MEALS ON WHEELS are available. Contact us for the frozen meals menu/costs and/or payment before the next order date.

3. Delivery driving/limited medical appointment Caring Cars are available for those who need this support.

4. Extension Offices in Acme, Carbon, Linden, Torrington & Trochu remain CLOSED at present. Will be updated as changes occur.

5. All BUS RUNS HAVE STOPPED and NO Community Bus runs will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week in Three Hills at present. NO Bus Trips to Red Deer/Specialty Bus Trips are presently planned. Changes to Busing will be updated as it is deemed safe to do so.

6. The CommUnity Drop-In Center, Three Hills is OPEN from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon (Mondays to Fridays only). After assessing the Alberta Health guidelines, a limited and COVID-19 parameter-based opening of the Center has been enacted. As we maintain safety, distancing, sanitizing and masking procedures, the Center will be open. If these parameters are followed, the Center will remain open!

ANNOUNCEMENT: SENIORS OUTREACH IS NOW ON FACEBOOK! If you are already on Facebook simply enter Seniors Outreach Kneehill County and if you are seeking to link to facebook use: https://www.facebook.com/SeniorsOutreachKneehill

Let us know how this is working for you! Please post us or provide feedback about your facebook experience!

PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO the Three Hills Capital, the Seniors Outreach Website and/or our new Facebook page, or word of mouth regarding any further changes to our operations.