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Journey is never complete when it comes to developmental services

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Developmental Services in Ontario is a dynamic sector that is constantly striving to learn its way into a better state of inclusive communities and responsive services.

Like so many things it is a history of rethinks and trials that have led to something better and better. At the turn of the century, institutions were new and seen as progressive, but society slowly learned that this was a disastrous way to meet people’s needs.

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Community Care recognized for commitment to quality improvement

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The Community Care Health and Care Network was in the spotlight recently when it was recognized by provincial peers for commitments to making improvements when processing clients and their caregivers.

Community Care received the Commitment to Quality Improvement Award from the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA).

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What’s new from Community Care: November update

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Autumn scene cross-stitch by Community Care volunteer Mary Gallo.

The Community Care Foundation helps build healthy communities across Kawartha Lakes by raising support for Community Care’s range of services and programs. 

AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND – WE’RE A FINALIST! 

Thanks to a big boost from many members of the public who cast online votes in support of our funding proposal last month, Community Care’s submission to the annual Aviva Community Fund has moved to the final round of competition. The $87,000 proposal for grief support services was one of more than 500 submitted to the competition from across Canada. Our #GrieveNotAlone proposal is one of five finalists in its funding category. Aviva will announce the successful recipients in early December.

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Return of the hall walkers

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Return of the hall walkers
Forget the cold; head for the halls.

Just because the changing seasons means that the weather can become challenging, local residents still have opportunities to take part in fitness programs that will help keep them healthy. The popular Walk in the Halls (Get WITH It!) program returns in November for a fifth year, and will be available free of charge twice weekly in Lindsay.

Walk in the Halls is a free, supervised, indoor walking program presented by the Community Care Health & Care Network and the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team. The program is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 pm at Lindsay Collegiate Vocational Institute (LCVI) at 260 Kent St. W.

The program gives anyone interested in staying active during the winter months the chance to walk in a safe, warm setting. The sessions begin Nov. 7 and will run to the end of April (excluding school holidays).

The indoor walking program is an important element in giving local residents the chance for some low-impact exercise, says Jordan Prosper, health promoter with Community Care.

“Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in Canada, and walking is a beneficial way to stay active and can be done safely in the winter through the Get WITH It! program,” Jordan says.

“Our goal is to give the community a safe, warm and friendly place to walk during the winter months.”

The program has been well attended for the past four years. More than 450 different people have participated, walking more than 13,261,000 steps – the equivalent of walking from Lindsay to Calgary, Alberta and back.

No registration is required to participate. Walkers are asked to bring clean indoor walking shoes and to dress comfortably. Different routes through the school halls give people options for different distances and intensity. Supervisors are always on hand to assist or provide advice.

For further information about the Walk in the Halls program, contact Community Care Health Promoter Jordan Prosper at 705-324-7323 ext 301, or visit the Community Care website at www.ccckl.ca.

 

Clearing away the roadblocks at Community Living

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Clearing away the roadblocks at Community Living

Just like that, my usual short commute to one of my offices was made twice as long.

I am not necessarily complaining, I can understand the need to for sturdy, new, giant culverts for me to drive over for years to come, but what I marvel over is how this single activity now make my drive to work far more complicated with curves and turns and intersections with brand new lights.

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What’s new at Community Care?

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Win a 'staycation' with Community Care.

Below, you will find information about upcoming initiatives and events of Community Care, as well as a summary of recent activities. For further information about any of the organization’s events or programs, contact Community Care at 705-324-7323.

COMMUNITY HEALTH & CARE MONTH

Each October, we observe Community Health & Care Month by highlighting a few of the many important programs and services provided to local residents. Throughout the month:

Keep an eye on local media, including The Lindsay Advocate, for profiles on some of our Community Support Services;

Watch our social media (Facebook and Twitter) pages for facts and announcements about Community Care programs;

Enter our online contest to win a $75 gift certificate that can be used towards a wide variety of Community Care services (link);

Don’t forget to vote for our #GrieveNotAlone submission to the Aviva Community Fund.

STAYCATION RAFFLE TICKETS ON SALE

Community Care is once again giving local residents an opportunity to “get away from it all” by staying close to home and supporting a fundraising raffle this fall. The second annual “Staycation” Raffle offers five great prizes for packages at local businesses.

First prize is a Luxury Spa Package at Eganridge Inn & Spa, valued at $255. Second prize is a Pie for a Month for one year, courtesy of The Little Pie Shack in Fenelon Falls ($200 value). Third prize: Overnight Stay for 2 at Eganridge ($175 value). Fourth prize: Catered Dinner for 4 at Home, or Dine-In at Nolan’s Restaurant ($75). Fifth prize: Two 9-hole Rounds of Golf with Cart at Byrnell Golf Club ($70).

Last year’s Staycation raised close to $2,000 in support of Community Care programs, and organizers with the Fenelon Falls Local Volunteer Committee are hoping for a sell-out (2,000 tickets) this time! Tickets are just $2 each and will soon be on sale at Community Care offices. Draws take place Jan. 8, 2018.

SENIORS COMMUNITY KITCHEN – LET’S GET COOKING!

This fall, Community Care and the HKPR District Health Unit present opportunities for local residents to sharpen their cooking skills and enjoy culinary creativity with others. Seniors Community Kitchen sessions are being held in Bethany and Bolsover. Participants will sample new recipes and will be supervised by Community Care’s Registered Dieitian and the Health Unit’s Food Worker.

Upcoming sessions:

Bethany – Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13 (Wednesdays), 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bethany United Church. Cost is $5/class.

Bolsover – Oct. 31 and Nov. 28 (Tuesdays), 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. No charge, as the program is supported by the Woodville-Eldon Food Bank and St. Andrew’s.

To register for any class, contact the Community Care Community Health Centre at 705-879-4100 (press 1).

COMMUNITY CARE MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAM COMES TO BOBCAYGEON

New healthy eating options have come to residents of Bobcaygeon, in the form of Community Care’s Meals on Wheels program.

The organization has provided Meals on Wheels service for more than 30 years in many local communities. A twice-weekly (Monday and Wednesday) pilot program was launched last month in Bobcaygeon, in response to growing need. Residents who register for the service can purchase nutritious hot meals that are delivered to their home at lunchtime.

The program is designed for seniors and adults with special needs who are experiencing difficulty with cooking or healthy eating. Meals are prepared in Community Care facilities according to the Canada Food Guide. Special dietary options are available. The program ensures that clients’ nutritional needs are met while also providing social interaction and a security check from volunteers making the deliveries.

For further information about Meals on Wheels in Bobcaygeon, contact Community Care’s Bobcaygeon office, 71-D Bolton St., 705-324-7323.

FENELON FALLS NOW OFFERING MONTHLY THURSDAY DINERS CLUB

As a result of changes in diners’ preferences and staff resources, the Congregate Dining supper traditionally held for many years on the third Thursday of each month in Fenelon Falls has been changed to a noontime Diners Club luncheon. Community Care also presents Diners Club luncheons every Tuesday at noon in Fenelon Falls.

Diners Club luncheons feature a delicious meal prepared by our excellent staff and volunteers in the Fenelon Falls kitchen, as well as entertainment or guest speakers. Attendees are asked to contact our Fenelon Falls office in advance to reserve spots.

Community Care Diners Clubs are also held weekly (Wednesdays) in Lindsay, and monthly in Bobcaygeon, Burnt River, Cambray, Kirkfield, Oakwood, Omemee and Woodville. The full schedule is on our website Here.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Community Care is always recruiting people to volunteer with the food service programs in Fenelon Falls. Volunteers interested in helping with food preparation in the kitchen, or in serving at our weekly Diners Club luncheons, are asked to contact Home Support Services Program Manager Kerri Daley at ext 231 (ac.lk1511127697ccc@y1511127697eladk1511127697).

BROKERED HELPERS NEEDED

Help with heavier work around the home can be important to maintaining independence. Community Care maintains a list of brokered helpers – individuals and companies who can help with lawn and garden work, snow shovelling and other household maintenance. We recruit, screen and register these “brokered helpers” and match them to clients, depending upon needs. Service arrangements are made between the client and the brokered helpers, who are paid directly by the client for the service.

Additional brokered helpers are currently needed in the Omemee, Pontypool, Janetville and Bethany areas. If you are interested in becoming a brokered helper, contact Volunteer Services Co-ordinator Wendy Bruckert at ext 160 (e-mail: ac.lk1511127697ccc@t1511127697rekcu1511127697rbw1511127697). 

COMING UP

GET THE MOST FROM YOUR HEALTHCARE APPOINTMENT

Community Care and the Central East LHIN Self-Management Program are collaborating to present an opportunity for local residents to maximize their healthcare appointments. “Getting the Most From Your Healthcare Appointment” is a free workshop on Monday, Oct. 16 at Kawartha Lakes Retirement Residence, Bobcaygeon (2 to 3:30 p.m.).

The workshop will focus on what to do before, during and after an appointment with a health professional. The interactive workshop will use a variety of learning resources including information sharing, videos, tools and a resource manual supporting the individual with integrating the skills into their next appointment.

Pre-registration required, call Community Care at 705-324-7323 ext 232.

HOSPICE WEBINAR INFORMATION SERIES

The free webinar information series presented by Community Care Hospice Services continues this month. Twice each month, we present a 90-minute webinar offered by the Hospice Foundation of America. This month’s topic is “When Death and Loss are Part of the Job”. It will be on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at noon, and Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. Sessions take place at Hospice Services, 2 Kent St. W., Lindsay. Free to attend, call 705-324-7323 ext 500 to register.

Upcoming sessions: Nov. 14 & 16 (Living With Grief 2017: When Grief is Complicated).

HOSPICE SERVICES MEMORIAL SERVICE

The annual memorial service to provide an opportunity for local residents to honour and remember loved ones takes place Wednesday, Nov. 7 in Lindsay. Presented by Community Care Hospice Services, the event is free to attend and takes place at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 40 William St. N.. Please RSVP to ext 500.

REMINDERS

LOOKING FOR A SPEAKER?

Local service clubs, church groups and organizations of any kind are reminded that representatives from CCCKL would be pleased to make a presentation at an upcoming meeting. If your group is looking for a guest speaker or would like to learn more about the agency’s services, contact Communications Officer Mike Puffer at 705-324-7323 ext 162 (e-mail ac.lk1511127697ccc@r1511127697effup1511127697m1511127697).

WE’RE ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

Remember, you can follow Community Care on Facebook & Twitter. For those who enjoy social media, please look up “Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes”, as well as the “Community Care Foundation – Kawartha” and encourage others to “like” us and become Facebook friends, and follow us on Twitter (@CommunityCareKL) to join our ongoing conversation about health.

VISIT OUR WEBSITE

Information about programs and dates of upcoming events is available on the agency’s Website. Or, call Community Care at 705-324-7323 for more information.

New home for Community Care will allow for future growth

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Future home for Community Care will allow for future growth
The future home for Community Care in Lindsay.

There will soon be a flurry of activity at 21 Angeline St. N. in Lindsay, as demolition of the former OPP building is anticipated for the fall. Arrangements for the demolition at the property now owned by the Community Care Health and Care Network are being finalized.

The site will be the future home of a new health services building for Community Care. Construction of a new health care facility will be in 2018. The new facility will bring together Community Care’s Lindsay-based Community Health Centre (CHC) programs and will enable the organization to provide expanded, more cost-effective services that allow for future growth.

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What’s new at Community Care?

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September 2017 Update

Below, you will find information about upcoming initiatives and events of Community Care, as well as a summary of recent activities. For further information about any of the organization’s events or programs, contact Community Care at 705-324-7323. 

MEALS ON WHEELS EXPANDS IN FENELON FALLS AND BOBCAYGEON

Community Care’s popular Meals on Wheels program has responded to growing need in the Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon areas. In August, the noon-hour meal service expanded from three to five days a week (Monday to Friday, excluding holidays), and a two-day-a-week (Monday and Wednesday) program has just been launched in Bobcaygeon on a pilot basis.

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