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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.

Affordable, freshly-cooked, nutritious hot meals can be delivered to your door across much of the City through Community Support Services’ Meals on Wheels program for seniors and adults with special needs who are experiencing difficulty with cooking or healthy eating.

The program helps ensure clients’ nutritional needs are met while also providing social interaction and a safety check from the volunteers who make the deliveries.

Hot meal delivery is at a pre-arranged time through our team at Community Care. Call 705-324-7323 for more information regarding your community.

$6 per meal includes soup, entrée, a bun, dessert and delivery. Contact us to register for Meals on Wheels.

Don’t forget that we also offer a wide variety of nutritious frozen meals that can be delivered or purchased at any of our Community Support Services offices. Further information available on our website By Clicking Here.

HOSPICE CORE TRAINING RETURNS

Staff from Community Care’s Hospice Services are currently seeking caring and compassionate individuals interested in participating in an upcoming core training series in order to become volunteers with Hospice programs. Volunteers are required to take the training in order to work with Hospice clients. Individuals interested in taking the training will gain a better understanding of the hospice palliative care philosophy and how to support clients. There will be 10 sessions, on Tuesday and Friday afternoons at 2 Kent St. W. in Lindsay, beginning Sept. 19.

Upon completion of the core training, participants will have gained a better understanding for the different aspects of palliative care, providing comfort measures for end-of-life clients, attitudes towards death and dying, communication, family dynamics, grief & loss, and much more.

Enrolment in the upcoming Hospice Core Training program can be done by contacting the office at 705-879-4123. A registration fee applies. 

SAGES EXERCISE CLASSES FOR SENIORS ARE BACK

Following a summer hiatus, Community Care’s popular SAGES exercise classes for seniors return to 10 different locations throughout the city this month. The Sage Advice and Gentle Exercises for Seniors is a video-based program designed to keep older adults fit by improving cardiovascular endurance, balance, muscle strength and flexibility. Participants can exercise at different levels of fitness and capability and the group settings provide social interaction.

The SAGES schedule is now posted on the Community Care website (Click Here). Weekly sessions are held in Bobcaygeon, Burnt River, Coboconk, Dunsford, Fenelon Falls, Kirkfield, Lindsay, Manilla and Woodville.

RECAPPING

KIRKFIELD 50/50 WINNER

Congratulations to John Reid of Kirkfield, winner of the annual Community Care fundraising raffle held at the Kirkfield Festival on Labour Day Weekend. The sold-out raffle raised more $2,000 in support of Community Care programs. Many thanks to all who supported the raffle, an initiative of the Kirkfield Local Volunteer Committee.

FENELON FALLS  TAG DAYS

Thanks to generous support of shoppers at Sobeys in Fenelon Falls over the Civic Holiday Weekend in August, more than $1,800 was raised through the Tag Days initiative. Tag Days were planned and presented by members of the Community Care Local Volunteer Committee in Fenelon. Thanks go to everyone who contributed to our efforts, to the volunteers who organized and managed the two-day event, and to Mark Knoester of Sobeys for his store’s support.

YARD SALE SUPPORTS STROKE SURVIVOR GROUP

Bargain hunters were out in full force on Saturday, Aug. 26, in support of the fundraising yard sale presented by Community Care. The sale raised more than $500 that will be put towards an upcoming social outing for participants in the Stroke Survivor Support Group.

Through its monthly support group that offers encouragement and gives people the chance to meet others experiencing similar challenges, Community Care provides a positive experience for stroke survivors. The group is for people who have experienced stroke, their families and caregivers.

Participants share their stories with peers who appreciate their experiences, and facilitators provide information about local resources and services. Guest speakers from other organizations and community support organizations are featured regularly. There is no cost to take part in the sessions.

Thanks to all who supported the sale by donating items or making purchases.

COMING UP

WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY  VIGIL SEPT. 10

Once again this year, Community Care and the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association collaboratively present a special event in support of local residents who have lost someone to suicide. The event takes place at the labyrinth garden at 112 McLaughlin Rd., Lindsay, on Sunday, Sept. 10. Information sharing time is at 6:30 p.m., candlelight vigil at 7. Free for anyone to attend. For further information, contact Hospice Services at 705-324-7323 or CMHA at 705-748-6687.

Community Care Hospice Services offers a free monthly Healing After Suicide Loss program. The group provides a safe place for people to identify, explore and clarify their thoughts and feelings. For adults 18 years and older. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at Hospice Services offices from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Contact the office for further information or to reserve a spot.

WEBINAR SERIES RETURNS

The free webinar information series presented by Hospice returns this month. Twice each month, we present a 90-minute webinar offered by the Hospice Foundation of America. This month’s topic is “Grief After Self-Inflicted Causes of Death.” It will be on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at noon, and Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. Sessions take place at Hospice, 2 Kent St. W., Lindsay.

Free to attend, call 705-324-7323 ext 500 to register.

Upcoming sessions: Oct. 10 & 19 (When Death and Loss are Part of the Job), and Nov. 14 & 16 (Living With Grief 2017: When Grief is Complicated).

COMMUNITY EDUCATON SESSIONS FOR THOSE WITH COPD

Coming up this fall, Community Care, the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team and Ross Memorial Hospital present several free community education sessions for people with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). The sessions will be on Mondays beginning Sept. 11, running through October at the Family Health Team Community Room, 55 Angeline St. N., Lindsay (1:30 – 2:30 p.m.). The sessions will feature information about COPD, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, links to local health resources and speakers from local health care organizations.

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 taking place 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.

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.lk1511185042ccc@r1511185042effup1511185042m1511185042) to discuss.

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.

SCENT-FREE

Community Care strives to provide a scent-free environment for its employees, volunteers and clients. When visiting our offices, program locations in the community or events, please refrain from wearing scented products such as perfume, cologne or hand creams. Thanks!

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.

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