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COVID-19 Updates for Senior Services
Senior Happenings Effective June 8th, 2020
 
Binscarth Drop In Centre
All activities cancelled until further notice except

1. Hero Club meets every Tuesday and Thursdays from 9:00 PM - 2:00 PM. 

2. Pre-Arranged quilting Mondays 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM only under supervision of Lesley Sawchuk 204-532-2416 or Laurel Boucher 204-532-2357.  Phone for details. 

3. Pre-Arranged Meetings for small groups.  Contact Edna Thompson 204-532-2307.  One person will have to be responsible for following the sanitation and six foot social distancing rules. 
 
NB:  A sign-up sheet will be at the front of the Centre and everyone has to sign in.
 
All door knobs, tables, chairs, counter tops, toilets etc. (everything that is touched while you are here) are to be sanitized after use before you leave.  Val will be working for Senior Services Monday to Wednesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
 
Now some funding has come up that maybe SSBC might consider applying for a grant for all the area of RM of Russell-Binscarth and Prairie Mountain West. So I need your input in this venture. Our Seniors 55+ need to get out since we have been staying home for several months and don’t know how long this might last. If you know of someone or would like to participate in this grant please contact me Val via email binscarthdropincentre@gmail.com. Proposal is to have our Senior Services Hand-Transit pick up residents at no cost to them and go for a drive/outing somewhere possibly once a week during the summer and maybe Sept. Everything will be done according to Coved 19 protocol. If a person needs assistance they would have to take someone to look after them (wheelchair). All expenses would be looked after and a guide will be going along to share information about the tour. You would be picked up at your door and dropped off. Trips would likely be limited to one to three hours depending on the want and needs of the people. Samples are going to Binscarth Park and Pool, Shellmouth Dam, Asessippi Beach, Spirit Lake, Sandy Lake to see the Ukranian house, and any other suggestions that you may have. Time is of the essence to apply for this grant. So please get back to me as soon as possible. (Phone Binscarth 204-532-2408 or Russell offices 204-773-2316 and leave a message).  Also we may apply for more of the virtual exercises as well.
 
During this time of self isolation and Home Care being stretched to the limit Arbuckles and Senior Services feel that they can help out in the community by delivering meals to people. (Each week you have a choice of 3 meals for $35.00 and 2 homemade soups -500 ml. $5.00 or 1 liter $10.00.) Each meal contains a small dessert.  Even if you just want soup that is ok.  Their suppliers at Pratts have taken huge measures for prevention.  They have told employees that if they have to leave the province they have to self-quarantine for 14 days. The Meals are being provided for Binscarth and delivery will be made for in town residents.  Delivery is available for Russell residents on Wed. morning. Foxwarren, Birtle and St. Lazare delivery will be Wed. afternoon if there is enough people.  People have been supporting this venture to keep it going for those in need. You must order by Saturday to ensure Tuesday delivery.  People from other towns not mentioned can order but they must have someone picking them up.  This meal program is for people of all ages there is no age limit.  If you have any questions you can contact either Arbuckles 204-532-2099 or Val Ferguson 204-532-2134.
 
Senior Services has organized Virtual Seniors Active Agers exercise program to be on Zoom on the internet. Zoom is presently what the schools are using to help the students and Church services.  We could watch the class on Zoom on our computers, IPads or cell phones; weekly taught by Kaelynn Hayden.  There would not be any charge for this service.  This is going to happen starting May 25 to June 17 there will be 8 classes.   You will be given instructions on how to do Zoom via email and also instruction over the phone.  We would need everyone’s email in order to put this into place.  We have got enough people but if you want you can still register.  If you do not have good internet this will not work for you but this is all we can do presently with Covid-19 restrictions.  As soon as this is over we will be having actual live exercises again but the question is we don’t know when hopefully in September.  Classes on Zoom will be every Monday and Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30.  Both classes you would be able to work out in your own home or where ever on Zoom.  Any questions leave Val a message via email @ binscarthdropincentre@gmail.com .  Kaelynn will also need your email address so please contact both of us at the same time kaelynnhayden13@hotmail.com we need this so Kaelynn can hook you up to her zoom meeting.  Looking forward to getting back into shape!  These exercises are funded by the Manitoba Government.  Last session we had 34 people zoom in better than we ever dreamed of.  Thanks for supporting everyone.
 
 
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Robs Place is open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM.
 
You can phone them at 204-532-2067 to pre-order, orders can be picked up by the door or they will delivered at 4:00 PM
 
If you want to check if they have something please call, if they can order it in they will. 
 
Now you can also Greenhouse shop starting May 20 to end of May.
 
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Senior Services  

We have available pedal bikes (Oxyciser) which you sit on a chair and pedal for exercise available through Senior Services.
 
If you’re interested in taking one home to use give Val a call 204-532-2134 and She will put you on the waiting list. They will be coming and going as needed.  People are finding them very beneficial.

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Senior Services 

A qualified pool player instructor that is willing to teach people who want to play pool at the Centre after school or in the evenings.
 
Cancelled for now but you can still let Val know if interested.

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Cancer Care Manitoba 
 
CancerCare Manitoba clinicians are diligently working to identify how to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and provide alternatives to in-person visits when appropriate. There are also times when patients must be seen in person or receive treatment at a CancerCare Manitoba location and maintain risk reduction strategies to limit contracting COVID-19.
 
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, older adults with cancer may experience unanticipated/unplanned challenges that could negatively impact their ability to safely access cancer care.
 
This may mean some older adults will require some financial assistance related to travel/transportation and accommodations to attend their cancer related appointments and treatment.
 
We are reaching out to inform you CancerCare Manitoba has access to limited funds to support our patients requiring additional assistance for their cancer care.
 
If you are currently supporting an older adult with cancer who is requiring assistance for reasons related to COVID-19, we encourage you to submit a request to awiens4@cancercare.mb.ca. Please note that all requests will be reviewed and we cannot guarantee all requests will be accommodated.
 
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Brandon University

We are interested in the impact of COVID-19 on older adults (65+) living in rural communities, how it is affecting their mental health, and what their needs are during this time. Researchers at Brandon University in the Departments of Geography and Environment, Rural Development, Psychology, Education, and Psychiatric Nursing are seeking older adults living in rural areas and small towns in Manitoba (with a population of less than 10,000 people), who would like to participate in a study on how COVID-19 has affected their mental health. Participants will be asked to take part in a one hour telephone interview at a time that suits them. Participants will be asked a few background questions, followed by questions about their mental health and how it might be affected as a result of COVID-19. Participants will be given an opportunity to take part in a follow-up interview a month after the first interview.Participation in the study is completely voluntary. Any information the participants share will remain completely confidential. Participation in the study will help us to understand how rural community health care workers are impacted, what their mental health needs are during COVID19 and will inform critical responses to the pandemic.Please contact Dr. Rachel Herron (herronr@brandonu.ca, or 431-301-3032 with any questions or for more information.


Senior Happenings For June 1st , 2020
 
All activities are cancelled at the Binscarth Drop-In Centre until further notice
 
Val Ferguson will be working for Senior Services Monday to Wednesday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
 
Hero Club meetings are cancelled until further notice
Hero Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM 
 
 
Senior Services is working on a Virtual Seniors Active Agers exercise program to be available through ZOOM. Seniors could watch the exercise program on their Computers, IPads or Cell Phones. Virtual Seniors Active Agers is taught weekly by Kaelynn Hayden. Starting date for this will be May 25 through to June 17, there will be 8 classes. There is no charge for this service  
 
With these classes on ZOOM you would be able to work out in your own home or wherever you'd like. You will be given instructions on how use ZOOM via email and also instruction over the phone.
 
We would need everyone’s email in order to put this into place, If you want register you still can.
Please provide Val Ferguson & Kaelynn Hayden with your email address; 
 
Val Ferguson - binscarthdropincentre@gmail.com
Kaelynn Hayden - kaelynnhayden13@hotmail.com
 
Classes on Zoom will be every Monday and Wednesdays from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM.

Those who do not have good internet may not be able to use ZOOM but this is all we can do presently with Covid-19 restrictions. 

Looking forward to getting back into shape! These exercises are funded by the Manitoba Government.

Any questions leave Val a message via email - binscarthdropincentre@gmail.com
 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 
 
Arbuckles and Senior Services have banned together to help the communities by delivering meals. 
 
Each week you have a choice of the following;
3 Meals for $35.00
2 Homemade Soups 
500 ml for $5.00
1 Liter for $10.00
 
Each meal contains a small dessert
 
Delivery to Towns;
  • Binscarth delivery will be made for in town residents.
  • Russell residents with have their orders delivered on Wednesday morning.
  • Birtle & St. Lazare delivery will be Wednesday afternoon if there is enough people.
  • People from other towns not mentioned can order but they must have someone picking them up. 
You must order by Saturday to ensure Tuesday delivery.
 
This meal program is for people of all ages there is no age limit. 
 
For questions please contact Val Ferguson 204-532-2134 or Arbuckles 204-532-2099 
 
Arbuckles will be continuing this service for June as well!
 
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Robs Place is open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM.
 
You can phone them at 204-532-2067 to pre-order, orders can be picked up by the door or they will delivered at 4:00 PM
 
If you want to check if they have something please call, if they can order it in they will. 
 
Now you can also Greenhouse shop starting May 20 to end of May.
 
--
Senior Services  

We have available pedal bikes (Oxyciser) which you sit on a chair and pedal for exercise available through Senior Services.
 
If you’re interested in taking one home to use give Val a call 204-532-2134 and She will put you on the waiting list. They will be coming and going as needed.  People are finding them very beneficial.

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Senior Services 

A qualified pool player instructor that is willing to teach people who want to play pool at the Centre after school or in the evenings.
 
Cancelled for now but you can still let Val know if interested.
 
--
Cancer Care Manitoba 
 
CancerCare Manitoba clinicians are diligently working to identify how to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and provide alternatives to in-person visits when appropriate. There are also times when patients must be seen in person or receive treatment at a CancerCare Manitoba location and maintain risk reduction strategies to limit contracting COVID-19.
 
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, older adults with cancer may experience unanticipated/unplanned challenges that could negatively impact their ability to safely access cancer care.
 
This may mean some older adults will require some financial assistance related to travel/transportation and accommodations to attend their cancer related appointments and treatment.
 
We are reaching out to inform you CancerCare Manitoba has access to limited funds to support our patients requiring additional assistance for their cancer care.
 
If you are currently supporting an older adult with cancer who is requiring assistance for reasons related to COVID-19, we encourage you to submit a request to awiens4@cancercare.mb.ca. Please note that all requests will be reviewed and we cannot guarantee all requests will be accommodated.
 
--
Brandon University

We are interested in the impact of COVID-19 on older adults (65+) living in rural communities, how it is affecting their mental health, and what their needs are during this time. Researchers at Brandon University in the Departments of Geography and Environment, Rural Development, Psychology, Education, and Psychiatric Nursing are seeking older adults living in rural areas and small towns in Manitoba (with a population of less than 10,000 people), who would like to participate in a study on how COVID-19 has affected their mental health. Participants will be asked to take part in a one hour telephone interview at a time that suits them. Participants will be asked a few background questions, followed by questions about their mental health and how it might be affected as a result of COVID-19. Participants will be given an opportunity to take part in a follow-up interview a month after the first interview.Participation in the study is completely voluntary. Any information the participants share will remain completely confidential. Participation in the study will help us to understand how rural community health care workers are impacted, what their mental health needs are during COVID19 and will inform critical responses to the pandemic.Please contact Dr. Rachel Herron (herronr@brandonu.ca, or 431-301-3032 with any questions or for more information.
 
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Brian Pallister - Covid-19
 
Brian Pallister "The conditions are now right to begin to expand services safely. Our active case numbers are low, and we are not seeing significant community transmission. We have the health care capacity, should more cases emerge. More personal protective equipment is being made available. A critical element of our ‘flattening’ efforts so far, and a hallmark of our continued success, will be continued high levels of testing, tracking and isolation.  Expanding services must be done in a thoughtful, limited, and phased manner. That means we first open important health services, such as elective surgery, diagnostic screening and therapeutics. Our essential businesses will continue to operate. Then we can slowly allow other businesses to operate in a limited manner, such as retail stores, restaurants and personal services businesses. We want to allow people the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful spring and summer outside, while keeping safe through ongoing physical distancing guidelines and limited gatherings.  Throughout each phase we will monitor key indicators and respond quickly to keep Manitobans safe. At the conclusion of each phase, we will signal our readiness to proceed to the next.  Manitobans have always had a great sense of optimism and giving hearts. I know that this been a trying time, but together we will get through this pandemic, and become a stronger province for it.”