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FEBRUARY  2017

Thrift Shop Silent Auction of Jewellery January 29  to February 10

Just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Prince Edward Community Care’s Thrift Shop receives the most amazing donations of jewellery and then holds a Silent Auction.  This is the jewellery silent auction that you don’t want to miss! These beautiful items are on display at 153 Main St., Picton.  Bidding opens on January 29th at 1pm and closes at 2:00pm sharp on Saturday, February 10th.  100% of the funds raised support programs for seniors in Prince Edward County.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

Seniors Luncheon Social – February 7th in Picton
Come on out and enjoy lunch with old and new friends on Wednesday, February 7thth at 12 noon. The menu features homemade soup, roast loin of pork, potatoes, coleslaw, vegetables, chocolate cake, bread and butter, coffee and tea all catered by Bill Grieve, the chef with Wheel House and Occasions Catering.  The cost is $10.00 per person.  This event is sponsored by The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association and will be held in the Beck & Call Restaurant.  As this is a special event only those seniors who have reserved can be served.    Reserve your place by the Tuesday prior at 12 noon by calling 613-476-7493.  So as to keep the clean-up easy for the volunteers all participants must bring their own plate, cup and cutlery. Take-out meals are available.  This meal can also be delivered to seniors in Picton.     www.communitycareforseniors.org

Learn to be Tech Savvy:  What Seniors Need to Know – February 16th – Picton

The Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors Association is partnering with the PEC Libraries to present “Learn to be Tech Savvy: What Seniors Need to Know.”  Julie Lane-Yntema, Technology Resource Centre Co-ordinator, will give a basic overview of the iOS and how to navigate Apple devices, the main functions of menus and most commonly used apps.  Bring your iPhone or iPad as there will be a time for questions.  This free talk will take place on Friday, February 16th, 2018 at 10am at the office of Community Care for Seniors, 74A King Street, Picton.  Community Care has made special arrangements and offers free transportation for seniors who wish to attend this event.  Refreshments will be provided.  This presentation is part of a project funded by the Retired Teachers of Ontario Foundation.  To register, call the office at 613-476-7493.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

Prince Edward Community Care office closed for Family Day on Monday, February 19th, 2017

Community Care will be closed for Family Day on Monday, February 19th.  Meals on Wheels will go out as usual on that day. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Community Care’s Thrift Shop will be closed for Family Day on Monday, February 19th, 2017

Prince Edward Community Care’s Thrift Shop will be closed on Monday, February 19th, 2017 for family day.  The shop will be open as usual on Tuesday, February 20th at 10 am. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Seniors Luncheon Social – February 21st in Milford

Come on out and enjoy lunch with old and new friends on Wednesday, February 21st 12 noon.  The menu features, homemade soup, roast loin of pork, potatoes, coleslaw, vegetables, chocolate cake, bread and butter, coffee and tea all catered by Bill Grieve, the chef with Wheel House and Occasions Catering.  The cost is $10.00 per person. Reserve your place by the Tuesday prior at 12 noon by calling 613-476-7493. When registering indicate if you need a take-out or delivered meal. This event is sponsored by The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association and will be held in Milford Town Hall.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

Fitness 4 Seniors – next session begin on Monday, February 26th, 2018 – in Picton

Fitness 4 Seniors is a Gentle Fitness Class held on Mondays at 10:30am beginning on February 26th.  Classes are held at the Prince Edward Community Care office in Picton. The sessions focus on flexibility, range of motion and body strength.  All fitness levels are welcome.  Cost is $30.00 to be paid in advance.  Space is limited.   Call Prince Edward Community Care at 613-476-7493 to register or for more information. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Seniors Luncheon Social – February 28th in Consecon

Come on out and enjoy lunch with old and new friends on Wednesday, February 28th at 12 noon.  The menu features homemade soup, roast loin of pork, potatoes, coleslaw, vegetables, chocolate cake, bread and butter, coffee and tea, all catered by Bill Grieve, the chef with Wheel House and Occasions Catering.  The cost is $10.00 per person.  Only those seniors who have reserved can be served.  This event will include a presentation.  Community Care has made special arrangements and offers free transportation for seniors who wish to attend this event.   Reserve your place by the Tuesday prior at 12 noon by calling 613-476-7493.  This event is sponsored by The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association and will be held in Consecon.  Take out meals are available.  This meal can also be delivered to housebound seniors who live in Consecon.    www.communitycareforseniors.org

Rural Route Reassurance: A presentation on Canada Post and how Rural Route Mail Couriers (RSMC) can help seniors stay safe – February 28th - Consecon

The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association is partnering with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers to promote the Rural Route Reassurance program.  Gord Pendleton, the RSMC rep for Prince Edward County, will discuss the benefits to seniors who sign up for the Rural Route Reassurance program.  Other topics highlighted will include information about the Canadian Union Postal Workers and Canada Post.  This free talk will be held on Wednesday, February 28th at 12:30pm  in Consecon.  Reservations are required as seating is limited.  Call 613-476-7493 to save your spot.  Please note this presentation is a part of the Consecon Seniors Luncheon Social held at 12 noon same day, same location.  Seniors are welcome to attend the meal and the talk, just the meal or just the talk.  Community Care has made special arrangements and offers free transportation for seniors who wish to attend this event.  This presentation is part of a project funded by the Retired Teachers of Ontario Foundation.  To register, call the office at 613-476-7493.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

Income Tax – begins on March 1, 2018

Prince Edward Community Care volunteers complete income tax returns for seniors who live in Prince Edward County.  Prince Edward Community Care will begin accepting 2017 returns on March 1st.  If you are a senior 60+ whose single income is $30,000 or lower or whose household income is $40,000 or lower, you may be eligible for help through this program. Volunteers have been trained by Canada Revenue Agency to complete Income Tax Returns for eligible clients. Volunteers do not complete income tax and benefit returns for: deceased persons, bankrupt individuals; for those with more than $1000 of investment income; for individuals with capital gains/losses; or for people with business or rental income and expenses. There is no charge, donations are accepted. For information call 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Know your emergency service providers: A presentation on what seniors need to know about fire prevention and EMS – March 20th  - Picton

Seniors are invited to enjoy two informative presentations, a tour of the Picton Fire Hall, refreshments and a social time.  Chief, Doug Socha from Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services will discuss the movement towards a more proactive service that includes community paramedicine.  Mike Branscombe, Fire Prevention Officer from the Prince Edward County Fire Department, will talk about fire safety and what seniors need to know when creating an escape plan.  This free talk will be followed by a tour of the fire station.  Refreshments will be served.  The event will be held on Tuesday, March 20th from 1:30pm-3pm at the PEC Fire Station, 8 McDonald Drive, Picton.  There is limited parking at this location and seniors are encouraged to use the free transportation that is available.  Pre-registration is required as space is limited.  For information, to register, or to arrange for the free transportation call 613-476-7493.  The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association is partnering with the Prince Edward County Fire Department and Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services (EMS) to make this event available to seniors.  This presentation is part of a project funded by the Retired Teachers of Ontario Foundation.   www.communitycareforseniors.org

Hearing Help Clinic on March 22nd, 2018 - Picton

The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) regularly holds free Hearing Help Clinics at the Community Care office, 74A King Street in Picton.  This is your chance to have a Hearing Care Counsellor answer questions about hearing loss, give information about hearing health care, provide communication strategies for hearing loss, do hearing screening, provide tips for hearing aid maintenance and demonstrate technical devices.  The next Hearing Help Clinic is on Thursday, March 22nd.  Call 613-476-7493 to schedule your half hour appointment with a hearing care counsellor.  For more information about services available for seniors call the Belleville CHS office at 613-966-8995 or email them at office@belleville.chs.ca   Hearing Care Counsellors from CHS also make free home visits.

Wii Bowling League for Seniors - next sessions begin Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association has a bowling league.  Seniors can enter a team of four or sign up as an individual and be assigned to a team. Wii bowling is not physically demanding.  It is a video game by Nintendo and can be played from a standing or sitting position. People can even play while sitting on a chair or walker.  There are two lanes and 8 people play at a time.  The laughter is infectious.  It’s a great way to get involved.  Players use the remote control to mimic the bowling actions.  Individual and team scores are kept.  Your team name might appear on the trophy!  Teams are being formed now.  No experience is necessary.  You just need to enjoy having fun and meeting new people.  Call Community Care today at 613-476-7493 and sign up to play in the next league.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

Hearing Help Clinic on April 20th, 2018 - Picton

The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) regularly holds free Hearing Help Clinics at the Community Care office, 74A King Street in Picton.  This is your chance to have a Hearing Care Counsellor answer questions about hearing loss, give information about hearing health care, provide communication strategies for hearing loss, do hearing screening, provide tips for hearing aid maintenance and demonstrate technical devices.  The next Hearing Help Clinic is on Friday, April 20th.  Call 613-476-7493 to schedule your half hour appointment with a hearing care counsellor.  For more information about services available for seniors call the Belleville CHS office at 613-966-8995 or email them at office@belleville.chs.ca   Hearing Care Counsellors from CHS also make free home visits.

VON Falls Prevention Program – new session starting on April 20th, 2018 - Picton
The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) offers the Seniors’ Exercise & Falls Prevention program.  The Ontario government thinks that falls prevention is important enough to fund this program.  For that reason the VON can offer the program for free.  It is a twelve week program that includes an innovative educational component and also includes balance and strength exercises.  The program is starts on Friday, April 20th and will be held in the office of The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association located at 74A King Street in Picton.  Classes will be held Fridays from 9:30am to 11:30am.  To register or to get more information call the VON at 1-888-279-4866 ext. 5381. 

Hearing Help Classes – starting May 2nd - Picton

The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association, in partnership with The Canadian Hearing Society, presents a series of Hearing Help Classes.  The classes will be held on Wednesdays in Picton at the Prince Edward Community Care office, 74A King Street in Picton from May 2nd – June 6th,  10:00am to 12noon.  The classes are designed for the hard of hearing person who is experiencing difficulty communicating in day-to-day situations.  Cost is $30.00 for the entire course.  Participants may bring a friend or family member at no extra cost.  To register contact Prince Edward Community Care at 613-476-7493. For more information contact The Canadian Hearing Society at 613-966-8995.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

Volunteers Needed
Volunteer opportunities available now: help out at Prince Edward Community Care’s Thrift Shop, 3 hours a week; drivers to take seniors to medical appointments; volunteer visitors; reception desk volunteers in the Picton office or at foot care clinics in Wellington and Rossmore. Flexible scheduling.  Snowbirds welcome.  Call 613-476-7493 and start the conversation about volunteering. 

Walking Programs are available now

Seniors can walk in a controlled and safe environment at either of the two supervised walking program locations offered by Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors.  From the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to the Friday before Victoria Day participants walk Monday to Friday at the Prince Edward Collegiate Institute in Picton and at the Wellington & District Community Centre.  This is a safe way to exercise during the winter when sidewalks can be treacherous.  Call The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association at 613-476-7493 to register or for more information.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

Route Reassurance Program

This free program is available through a partnership with Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. Prince Edward Community Care can arrange for your mail courier en route to keep a watchful eye on your home to help keep you safe.  This free service offers added safety and security to those living on rural routes.  To participate, call Prince Edward Community Care at 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Thrift Shop Gift Certificates

Purchase gift certificates in $5.00 denominations to be used at Community Care’s Thrift Shop, 153 Main Street in Picton.  Get the gift certificates at the Prince Edward Community Care office at 74A King Street in Picton.  For more information call 613-476-7493 or email info@communitycareforseniors.org   

Hot Meals on Wheels available from Cherry Valley to Carrying Place and everywhere in between

Delivery to the door of a hot nutritious noon-time meal is available Monday thru to Friday in Picton, Tuesday and Friday in Cherry Valley, Monday Wednesday, Friday in Bloomfield, Wellington, Consecon, Carrying Place and environs. This means seniors have regular contact with a volunteer to help them stay safe and well in their own home. Call the Prince Edward Community Care office to learn about this and other services to help seniors live at home.  Call 613-476-7493.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

Give the Gift of Care

Do you have a senior on your list that is difficult to buy for? What about a gift certificate for a new or favourite service from Community Care for Seniors? Gift certificates are available for a variety of services including Meals on Wheels®, Foot Care, Seniors Luncheon Social and more. Drop by The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association office at 74A King Street in Picton or call 613-476-7493 for more information. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Friendly Visiting Volunteers 

Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors is currently looking for volunteers to visit seniors.  To volunteer call 613-476-7493 and start the conversation.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

iPad Visiting
Seniors – this is a chance to have a face to face visit with family and friends who live a long way away.  The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association is offering iPad “facetime” visiting to seniors to facilitate connections with family and friends.  A trained volunteer will bring the tablet and access to the internet, too.  The senior just needs to arrange a time when they can visit with their family/friend.   For more information about the program, call Prince Edward Community Care at 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org

iPad Visiting – volunteers are needed
Volunteers are needed to help seniors have a face to face visit with family and friends who live a long way away.  The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association is offering iPad “facetime” visiting to seniors to facilitate connections with family and friends.  Trained volunteers will take to the seniors home the iPad and a turbo stick for access to the internet.  The senior just needs to arrange a time when they can visit with their family/friend.   Training for volunteers will be provided by Libraries of PEC.  For more information about the program and to start the conversation about becoming a volunteer call Prince Edward Community Care at 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Ontario Energy Support Program

Do you have a high hydro bill?  The Ontario Energy Support Program (OESP) is a program that can provide help for low-income seniors 60 and over, who are eligible.  An eligible household ($28,000 or less for one person or between $28,001 - $39,000 for a person household) can receive between $45-$113 monthly credits on their hydro bill.  Staff at Prince Edward Community Care can answer questions and help submit the OESP application.  If you have received Renewal and Information letters from OESP, staff can help facilitate this renewal process.  Please call 613-476-7493 or go to www.OntarioElectricitySupport.ca for more information. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Help around the home for seniors

Seniors who need help with chores at home, either inside or out, can call Prince Edward Community Care.  The agency has carefully screened workers at reasonable rates.  Help is available with snow shovelling, light and heavy housework, meal preparation, and respite – both during the day and overnight.  For information on this service call the Prince Edward Community Care office located at 74A King Street, Picton at 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Delivery to the door of nutritious meals for seniors
Delivery to your door of a hot nutritious noon-time meal means daily contact with a volunteer to help you stay safe and well in your own home.  Regular delivery of frozen meals can make it easier on those days when meal preparation is a monumental task – just pop a low sodium, high quality and tasty meal into the microwave and enjoy.  Prince Edward Community Care offers both hot and frozen meals to seniors and to clients of Hospice Prince Edward or the Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward County.  For information on delivery days for hot and frozen Meals on Wheels or to refer someone, call 613-476-7493.  Staff can make home visits to explain this and other services.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

Support Prince Edward Community Care

Your donation will help seniors in The County live at home.  Contact Community Care at 74A King Street, Picton, 613-476-7493, info@communitycareforseniors.org or www.communitycareforseniors.org

Volunteer Drivers Needed

Volunteer Drivers escort seniors to medical appointments and essential shopping.  If you enjoy driving and meeting people, Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors staff want to discuss with you volunteer opportunities tailored to your availability.  The life you change may be yours!   Community Care’s volunteers support seniors to live at home.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

Telephone Reassurance Program

Prince Edward Community Care has supportive volunteers that can offer companionship, encouragement and warm friendly conversation to seniors to help alleviate loneliness and help keep people safe.  A daily phone call can help maintain independence.  To participate, call Prince Edward Community Care at 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.orgSeniors - need a ride to medical and other appointments?

Prince Edward Community Care offers an escorted transportation program that can maximize your independence with affordable rates, punctuality, personalized service and friendly drivers.  Whether you need to travel locally or out of town, this service gets you where you need to go.  The volunteer waits with the client while they are in the appointment.  Notice of 2-3 days in advance is necessary, same day trips are not available.  Call Community Care at 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Rossmore Foot Care Clinic

Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors offers a Foot Care Clinic in Rossmore.  Professionally trained nurses provide foot care in a clinic setting.  The Ameliasburgh Clinic is in addition to the clinics held in Wellington and Picton. Seniors who have trouble trimming their nails or are concerned about foot care can call Prince Edward Community Care for an appointment at 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org

Donate used items to Community Care’s Thrift Shop

Good used clothing for the whole family, shoes and linens can be donated at 153 Main Street in Picton, Monday 1pm – 4 pm and Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm. You can donate other good used household items too including sports equipment, furniture, knick knacks, seasonal items, jewellery, toys and housewares.  Prince Edward Community Care’s Thrift Shop helps to reduce, recycle and enables others to reuse.   100% of the proceeds help County seniors live at home. For more information call the Thrift Shop at 613-476-1555. To volunteer, call 613-476-7493.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

Home Help/ Homemaking                                         

Seniors who need help with laundry, meal preparation, light cleaning and running errands can arrange for carefully screened workers to come to the home for a reasonable fee.  Contact the Prince Edward Community Care office at 74A King Street, Picton, or call 613-476-7493 for more information.

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Seniors Luncheon Social Volunteers

Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors is currently looking for volunteers to assist with the set-up, serving and cleanup of Senior Luncheons in Prince Edward County.  If you would like to meet people in your community and have two hours once a month to give then call 613-476-7493 for more information. www.communitycareforseniors.org