Seniors Outreach - September 16, 2020

Q: What will people say when they are able to handle pandemics properly in the future? A: Hindsight is 2020.

This is what we are all looking forward to. In other words, the rear view mirror is always helpful than what we are going through at present. Hopefully, we learn helpful lessons from this present situation. That, as we are usually aware, is what past generations tried to ingrain in us. Learn from the past!

The present pandemic is not exciting to be involved in. What may be a saving grace is that we find that some positives have become more ‘real’ to us. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer, has consistantly focused on having us take the COVID-19 situation seriously on an ongoing basis and to not decide that it is no longer important to follow protocols or to maintain safety for others. It is the golden rule – “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.”

When you wear a mask, it is not to help you but to keep others safe. When they wear a mask in your presence, they are keeping you safe. We need to be attentive and wise in order to help each other.

In these ways, hindsight definitely will become 2020 in the future!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1. TODAY, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 , JOIN SENIORS OUTREACH FOR OUR 25thANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AT 10:00 a.m. at Bethel EM Church 123 – 4th Ave South, Three Hills. We will Celebrate, as well as practice social distancing/masking/health checks/sign in/ at and during the meeting. No refreshments will be served. Some dignitaries will be present, volunteer recognition will occur, and Board elections will be held. 2. FOOD SECURITY: OUR SPECIAL THANKS TO FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA (FCSSAA) for their willingness to provide grant support towards overcoming food security issues through the frozen Meals On Wheels program during this COVID-19 pandemic time period. This support enables low-income seniors and low-income adults and families in Kneehill County to receive greater food security by providing financial aid towards frozen meals orders through Seniors Outreach and Kneehill Regional FCSS. .

Please continue to call for this support by ordering frozen meals (available approximately every two weeks). Meals need to be ordered before 10:00 a.m. on each order date complete with payment, if able to do so. The menu is available at the Seniors Outreach main office [128 – 3rd Ave S, Three Hills] in the Provincial Building or at the KRFCSS office. You may work out your order with the reception desk/staff at either location.

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 is Monday, September 28 (no later than 10:00 a.m.and the Next Delivery date in 2020 is Tuesday, October 6 (in the afternoon).

3. CLIENT SERVICES:

• Seniors Outreach MAIN OFFICE is open for regular hours –Mondays to Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

• Extension Offices: will provide client services in person (with an appointment) in

A. Trochu at Frank VanderKley’s Law Offices – presently on Tuesdays (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

B. Acme at the Acme Seniors Association – beginning on Thursday , October 8 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

C. Carbon at the New Horizon’s Centre – beginning Tuesday, October 6 (9:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.)

D. Linden at the 50+ Club (Care & Share Centre) – beginning Thursday, October 8

(1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Please be aware that the door may be locked to the extension office. The coordinator for extension office will let you in at your appointment time! Please have patience as we will still be the following Pandemic precautions: MAKE AN APPOINTMENT: Please call 403-443-2555 (Carbon/area 1-888-443-2555). 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. PLEASE DO NOT JUST DROP IN TO THE OFFICE – MAKE AN APPOINTMENT!

4. CARING CARS/WHEELCHAIR BUS USEAGE:

1. For limited medical appointments one may call to book Caring Cars/Wheelchair Bus as they are available for those who need this support.

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 presently 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 protocol-based opening of the Center has been enacted. We now must wear masks, maintain safe physical distancing, constant cleaning/sanitizing of surfaces in the building, continue to do hand sanitizing or washing of hands, and sign in/verify health status daily. By continuing to abide by these protocols, the Center will remain open. A Daily Fee for usage is collected ($2/day) as you enter.

7. GIFTS FOR GRANDPARENTS: Be aware that this program will look a bit different for 2020. Look for further announcements as we move forward with this program during the Fall of 2020 and towards the Christmas season. We wish to be supportive of our Seniors in Kneehill County and to continue to provide some gifting for seniors who need it.

8. 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! Do check Facebook for updates and announcements and please post us or provide feedback about your facebook experience!

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

Remember – your insight may not make sense to the person hearing your input:

• The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him.

• Going to work at 7 a.m. this morning, I drove out of my drive way straight into a bus. The bus was five minutes early.

• I had been driving for forty years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident.

• An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car and vanished