Seniors Outreach - July 21, 2021

THROUGH THE NEW HORIZONS GRANT by the Federal Government, the CommUnity Drop-In Center in Three Hills has had a bit of a face lift through our COVID restricted time period. New vinyl, new rugs and a new wheelchair accessible front door have been done. We are very grateful for this changeover, the funding for it, and the time to do it. Thank you to the volunteers who helped with this project and to the contractor who completed the project. ENJOY!

CommUnity Drop-In Center Re-Opening: From Monday, July 19, 2021 onward, Mondays to Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. the Drop-In Center will be open allowing for games and lessening of requirements. Signing in upon entry and payment of a $2/fee will still be necessary. We encourage you to continue to do hand washing/hand sanitizing, however wearing a mask will be optional. Please be respectful of each other as you socialize, have beverages, and play games at the center. IF provincial protocols do not become more restrictive and there is NOT a rise in COVID cases, we may safely continue with normal activities at the Drop-In Center.

As you will notice we have a Canada Summer Jobs student that will be at the center Mondays through Fridays until August 27, 2021. She has been hired to help out with hosting/sign in, making coffee, opening and closing the center, and helping to clean as necessary.

Volunteer hostess/host: We will need volunteers to host/hostess on Saturdays in July and August. If you are willing to be a volunteer hostess/host to do the opening & closing of the center/sign people in/coffee making, and some minimal cleaning, please contact Seniors Outreach at 403-443-2555 and leave your name and phone number. Without a host/hostess on Saturdays for the Summer months, we will not be able to be open on that day. Thank you for your help!

NOTE: Going forward in Stage 3 of the Provincial Re-Opening of COVID Restrictions for the following week – until at least August 12, 2021, our main office in Three Hills and our extension offices in Trochu, Torrington, Carbon, Acme and Linden will continue to operate by appointment only. Please call to make an appointment before showing up (403-443-2555 or 1-888-443-2555 from Carbon). The main office will continue to run from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays.

COMMUNITY BUS RUNS in Three Hills will begin on Tuesday, July 20. As we are able, these bus runs will take place on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. Tuesday morning runs are being done in order to make the fruit truck and farmers’ market a possible stop for passengers. The Thursday runs will continue to be in the afternoons as they were previously. Please check this week’s Capital for the scheduled community bus trips for at least July and August. The cost for a round trip is still $3/person. Until further notice, all public transportation is still under a provincial masking regulation. For these bus runs, all passengers will still need to wear masks.

INTEREST? AUGUST FARMERS’ MARKET BUS TRIPS – KNEEHILL COUNTY area communities: Are you interested in joining us on one or two Tuesdays in August for a bus trip to the Three Hills Farmers’ Market and Deacon’s Fruit Truck from your communities in Kneehill County? If interested, please Contact our Three Hills Office at 403-443-2555 (1-888-443-2555 from the Carbon area) to leave your name, community, and phone number. If there is enough interest shown, the trips will be on Tuesdays – August 3 and 17 from Trochu/ Torrington and August 10 and 24 from Acme/Linden.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Groups: Virtual support groups are available through the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta/NWT through the summer. Contact them at 1-866-950-5465 in order to do a brief phone interview and connect with them in July/August. The Virtual meetings are online the first Tuesday of the month from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. or the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

SAGE WISDOM Live a good, honorable life.. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time..

THE SENIORS OUTREACH LARGE PRINT TELEPHONE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE! If you have already pre-ordered your book(s), please call and then come in to pay for the book(s) and pick them up!!!! If you have not pre-ordered the book, please call Seniors Outreach at 403-443-2555 (or 1-888-443-2555 from the Carbon area) to do so now (providing your name and phone number) and we will inform you when your copy is ready for payment and pickup. As this is also a fundraiser for Seniors Outreach, the cost will be $10/book due upon delivery. These Telephone books are also available for sale at the Farmers’ Market in Three Hills on Tuesdays.

The Meals On Wheels program – Frozen Meals: We will continue with this program through ordering and payment (cash/cheque/e-transfer) for these orders. We would appreciate your orders and payment by the Thursday after our last delivery. Each order continues to be limited in terms of WHAT ONE IS ABLE TO ORDER (10-14 Items per person) and our value of an order will be BETWEEN $80 TO $100 per person as we go forward. We continue to be able to have a limited number of orders every two weeks. Please have your orders in to Seniors Outreach as soon as possible. NOTE: DO NOT CALL and DO NOT ORDER DIRECTLY WITH WHEATLAND FCSS…….PLEASE CONTACT SENIORS OUTREACH at 403-443-2555 to make orders and to arrange payment. The next order date will be Thursday, July 22, 2021 with the delivery date on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. Remember: If you are not able to have your order in on time for the next order date, your order will be placed on the order list for one of the next 2 order dates. If you are paying via e-transfer funds to Wheatland Meals on Wheels, DO NOT DO SO before you have provided your order to Seniors Outreach and then you will be given a date to do your e-transfer payment.

MEALS ON WHEELS – HOT MEALS: Please be aware that you are also able to order hot meals for Three Hills, Acme and Linden (deliveries will be at noon hour Mondays through Fridays each week). 1 meal per day is delivered and generally the cost is $10/meal. Call Seniors Outreach to order the week before requiring the meals. CLIENT SERVICES: Presently you will be expected to wear a mask/social distance and hand sanitize at your client appointment. Thank you. This is being reassessed as we move ahead. 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 (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY) in Kneehill North: Trochu office at Frank VanderKley’s Law Offices – presently on Tuesdays & Wednesdays (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Torrington office at the Arena is open by pre-made appointments only Thursdays (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.). Kneehill South: Acme office at the Acme Seniors Association – Thursdays (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) Carbon at the New Horizon’s Centre – Tuesdays (9:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.) Linden at the 50+ Club (Care & Share Centre) – Thursdays (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Please be aware that the doors will be locked/closed at the extension offices. The coordinator for the extension office will let you in at your appointment time! Please have patience as we will still be following some restrictions.

Though the present situation continues to still be quite changeable, Seniors Outreach is taking phone calls/emails and making appointments. As such, you are welcome to email us at 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. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU REQUIRE ASSISTANCE! Be aware that this is presently being reassessed and we will let you know as to future changes in this procedure.

CARING CARS/WHEELCHAIR BUS USAGE: For medical appointments one may call to book Caring Cars/Wheelchair Bus for those who need this support. Under Provincial restrictions, Masking on buses for caring cars is required.

SENIORS OUTREACH IS ON FACEBOOK! PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO the Three Hills Capital, the Seniors Outreach Website, or our Facebook page for further changes to our operations.