Keeping seniors in their homes for as long as possible is not the work of any one, single community group. Even Community Care Network – with its 9,000 clients across Kawartha Lakes – can’t do it alone. That’s why Mike Puffer, communications officer for Community Care Health and Care Network, says he likes to stress the word ‘network’ when it comes to all that they do. It takes a whole community to meet the needs of seniors, he says, especially when the work is centred on ensuring as much independence for people as possible, or ‘aging in place.’
Death is an uncomfortable subject. Many of us shy away from talking about it. Not Ryan Alexander, though: as Manager of Hospice Services he’s given the end-stages of life lots of thought.
April is traditionally known as Oral Health Month in Canada. It’s just one of the times of year when the Community Care Health & Care Network strives to educate local residents about dental health services available through the organization’s Community Dental Clinic.
Caring and compassion have always been trademark qualities of the many people who volunteer with the Community Care Health and Care Network’s Hospice Services.
The organization is offering the chance for new volunteers to get involved with helping to ease the journey of local residents facing serious illness, end of life, and grief and bereavement.
City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham says he absolutely wants Community Care to be a part of any future rural transportation plan – but they were not viable partners for a grant opportunity recently turned down by the City.
Some eyebrows were raised recently when City of Kawartha Lakes council turned down the chance to apply for up to $2 million in provincial grant funding for rural transit.
Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes is currently seeking expressions of interest from local residents who would consider serving on the organization’s volunteer Board of Directors. New appointments to the board would be effective at the Community Care Annual General Meeting in June 2018.
On any given day of the work week (Monday to Friday), dozens of local residents’ nutritional needs get met when affordable, home-like nutritious hot meals are delivered to their door through the Meals on Wheels program provided by the Community Care Health & Care Network.
Aviva community fund awards Community Care $87,000 for grief support
Support for local residents who have experienced the loss of a loved one has received a significant financial boost through the Aviva Canada Community Fund. The Community Care Health & Care Network is one of 14 successful applicants to the 2017 Aviva Community Fund charitable initiative.
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.
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.