Seniors Outreach - May 26, 2021

We all have our times when the correct information is not given in a timely manner: Marlon asked the teacher to help him get his shoes on at the end of a busy day. After quite a struggle with the shoes, which were a little tight, Tessa finally got them on. ‘They’re on the wrong way round, Miss,’ mumbled Marlon. She realizes that he is right; they are on the wrong feet. Staying calm she swaps them over for him. ‘They’re not my shoes, Miss,’ Marlon murmurs again. Tessa fights hard to keep her cool and asks Marlon why he hadn’t told her before. She then kneels down again and helps him pull the shoes off. ‘These aren’t my shoes, they’re my brother’s and Mum told me not to tell anyone.’ At this point Tessa can feel tears coming. She helps him back into his shoes. She gets him into his coat and wraps his scarf around his neck. ‘Where are your gloves, Marlon?’ asks Tessa quietly. ‘Oh, Miss, I always put them in my shoes!’

***SENIORS’ WEEK IS COMING VERY SOON! PLEASE LOOK FOR THE SENIORS WEEK POSTER, CALENDAR AND ACTIVITIES LISTINGS over the next few weeks. Seniors Outreach Program Society is the official co-host of the Seniors Week Launch on Monday June 7, 2021 along with the Alberta Ministry of Seniors and Housing under Hon. Josephine Pon.

SENIORS WEEK ACTIVITIES: Need to Pre-register – On Tuesday, June 8, 2021 from 1:30 -3:00 p.m. a Physical Activity Education Workshop will be held – led by Erica Laycock from Alberta Healthy Living Program, AHS. In this workshop you will learn about physical activity and how to include it in your day. This physical activity in your day can help you to maintain a healthy weight and better manage chronic conditions. Topics covered in this workshop will be benefits and barriers to getting active, tips on how to increase your physical activity and how to set personal activity goals. PRE-REGISTRATION: Please call Seniors Outreach at 403-443-2555 no later than June 2, to register. (Provide your full name, phone number, date of birth and email address.) On Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. an online Art Therapy session will be held. This introductory workshop is designed to give people a one-time experience of what art therapy sessions are like. This brief art exercise does not require art experience and only requires some pencils, papers, and/or a few markers or colored pencils/pens. PRE-REGISTRATION: Please call Seniors Outreach at 403-443-2555 no later than June 2, to register. (Provide your full name, phone number and email address) NOTE: Going forward at Stage 1 of the COVID Restrictions for the following three (3) weeks – May 10-May 27, 2021 at least: Our main office in Three Hills and our extension offices in Trochu, Torrington, Carbon, Acme and Linden will be operating 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. This will be reassessed as further instructions are given by the Alberta Government and the Chief Officer of Health.

THE SENIORS OUTREACH LARGE PRINT TELEPHONE BOOKS ARE COMPLETE! 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.

TO GET OUT AND GET SOME EXERCISE: Seniors Outreach Walk Days will operate on a monthly basis as we go forward in the COVID time period. Please phone Seniors Outreach before June 1, 2021 at 403-443-2555 to sign up for your walk in one of these three communities with your name and phone number. The next walk day will happen on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at approximately 10:00 a.m. in the following locations: Trochu – Start at the Sweet Grass Café downtown after checking in with the facilitator. Linden – Start at the East side parking lot (new section) of the Linden Lodge after checking in with the facilitator. Three Hills – Start at the CommUnity Drop-In Center after checking in with the facilitator. SURVEYING - If this is your first walk, Seniors Outreach personnel will phone you either the Thursday or Monday after the walk to do a brief survey. We anticipate only doing this survey the first time that you are on the walk. IF you attend other monthly walks, we only require you to sign up ahead of time (name and phone number) each time with Seniors Outreach office or the facilitator. THE COMMUNITY DROP-IN CENTER in Three Hills remains CLOSED! THE COMMUNITY BUS RUNS in Three Hills IS NOT OPERATING!

GRANTING EXTENDED INTO MAY AND POSSIBLY JUNE: MEALS ON WHEELS (FROZEN MEAL ORDERS):

The Meals On Wheels program will continue through ordering and payment (cash/cheque/e-transfer) for these orders. We would appreciate your orders and payment in by 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 try to have your orders in to Seniors Outreach as soon as possible as the order dates tend to fill up quickly. 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, May 27 2021 with the delivery date on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. 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 you will be given a date to do your e-transfer payment.

FOOD SECURITY: OUR SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA (FCSSAA) for their willingness in providing our grant support towards overcoming food security issues through the frozen Meals On Wheels over the last number of months during this COVID-19 pandemic time period. This support enabled 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. THIS GRANT HAS LIMITED FUNDS REMAINING FOR THE NEXT ORDER! LOW INCOME SENIORS may, depending upon funds remaining, once more contact Seniors Outreach at 403-443-2555 to order for grant supported low income Frozen Meals. 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: You will be expected to wear a mask/social distance and hand sanitize at your client appointment. 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 – Tuesday (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 at the extension offices. The coordinator for the extension office will let you in at your appointment time! Please CONFIRM YOUR APPOINTMENT: After confirming your appointment with the receptionist, please find a chair if possible or wait to be called. 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 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. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU REQUIRE ASSISTANCE!

CARING CARS/WHEELCHAIR BUS USAGE: For medical appointments one may call to book Caring Cars/Wheelchair Bus for those who need this support. 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.