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Helping seniors live at home

Amid the swirl of planned changes to the health care system in Ontario, an agency in Prince Edward County continues to do its work to help seniors live at home. The minister of health has announced that the transformation of the health care system in Ontario is underway. For over 27 years, Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors has been transforming the lives of the seniors that the agency supports. With 5 staff members and over 500 volunteers the impact that Community Care has on the lives of seniors can be summarized in the words of clients' themselves.

Lorna Lumley, staff member at Community Care, is ready to greet members of the public at the upcoming open house.
Lorna Lumley, staff member at Community Care,
is ready to greet members of the public at the upcoming open house.

This is a sample of what seniors say about Community Care: "It is most interesting what you are prepared to do for the aged." "Just a line to say the meals on wheels are excellent. I have no complaint at all and I appreciate it very much." "Thank you for arranging this (bus) trip for us to enjoy. We really appreciate your doing this for us to have a wonderful day away from home. Thanks again for all you do for us seniors. Your hearing classes were a big help to me and make a big difference for me as I had to have two hearing aids."

Services include Meals on Wheels, transportation to medical appointments, noon-time dinners for seniors, foot care, help with forms, rural route reassurance and telephone reassurance programs. The agency is partly funded by the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care and supported by donations and community fundraising efforts.

October is "community support month" in Ontario and Community Care is celebrating with an Open House for clients, volunteers and for people interested in finding out more about what is available for seniors in Prince Edward County. Come to The Armoury, on Friday, October 8th from 10 am to 12 noon to have a cup of coffee, a cookie and to learn what services can help you and what you can do to help seniors.

For information on these and other programs call Community Care at 476-7493, stop in at the office located at The Armoury, 206 Main Street, Picton, or check the website at www.communitycareforseniors.org